Swimming & Diving Coaches
Leah Martindale Stancil, a former Gator swimmer and UF grad, enters her sixth year as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs after returning to her alma mater prior to the 2008 season.
A 12-time NCAA All-American at Florida, two-time Olympian and a four-time national record holder for her native country, Barbados, Stancil’s impact has already been felt in both the men’s and women’s teams since her first season with the Gators. Stancil contributed to a coaching staff that led the 2008-09 Lady Gators to their 17th SEC Championship crown, while helping tutor 2009 NCAA Champions Bradley Ally, Gemma Spofforth and Shaune Fraser. In 2010, Stancil helped elevate the program to new heights, coaching the women’s team to their first NCAA Championship since 1982.
In the 2012-13 campaign, Stancil assisted in guiding the men’s and women’s team to a pair of sixth place finishes at the NCAA Championships. This extended the University of Florida’s streak of consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes to 13 for the men and 12 for the women. In addition, the Gator men’s team captured the SEC Championship for the first time in 20 years, while the women’s team placed third at the conference meet.
In the 2011-12 season Stancil helped the Gators to one individual NCAA title, eight SEC titles and three school records in the pool. During the 2010-11 season, Stancil aided the Gator swimmers to eight school records, top-10 finishes at the NCAA meet and a league-high 13 SEC titles.
In addition to her coaching duties, Stancil serves as the Gator Swim Camp Director, while also coordinating all team travel.
“Leah has a tremendous background in international competition, a big background in sports psychology and she’s also a Gator,” head coach Gregg Troy said of Stancil.
Previous to her return to Gainesville, Stancil served as an assistant coach at SEC foe South Carolina. Before joining the Gamecock coaching staff, the Bridgetown, Barbados, native served one year as an assistant coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she coached the women's team to a second-place finish and the men's team to a third-place finish at the NAIA National Championship. Before taking the position at SCAD, she was a graduate assistant at Florida for two years, while also serving as an instructor at Swim America in Gainesville, Fla.
A member of the 2002 Florida Gators SEC Championship team, Stancil is additionally the Barbados national record holder, both long course and short course, in the 50 and 100 free events, in addition to being the 50 and 100 butterfly record holder. She set her records for the 50 and 100 free events at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and her butterfly records at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. She was additionally named the Barbados Female Sportsperson of the Year from 1995-97.
Stancil graduated from Florida in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychology. In August 2006, she completed her Master’s of Science from UF. Stancil and her husband Michael have two children, Noah (5) and Emma (2).
The Leah Martindale-Stancil File
- Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados
- Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 2002;
Master’s of Science, Specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Florida, 2006
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2008-present
- Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 2006-08
- Assistant Coach, Savanna College of Art & Design, 2005-06
- Graduate Assistant, University of Florida Sports & Fitness Department, 2003-05
- Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2003-05