- Leah Martindale-Stancil
Swimming & Diving Coaches
Leah Martindale-Stancil, a former Gator swimmer and UF grad (’02), enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for Florida in 2014-15. Stancil has assisted with both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs since she returned to her alma mater prior to the 2008 season.
“Leah has a tremendous background in international competition, and sports psychology and she’s also a Gator,” head coach Gregg Troy said of Stancil.
Stancil’s highlights of her young coaching career began with the 2008-09 Florida women’s swimming and diving team, as she helped guide it to its 17th SEC Championship. Individually that season, Stancil tutored three individual NCAA Champions, including Bradley Ally, Gemma Spofforth and Shaune Fraser. The following season in 2010, Stancil helped elevate the women’s program to new heights, as that squad won the programs first NCAA Championship since 1982.
This past season in 2013-14, the Florida men’s team won its second consecutive SEC title and finished third at the NCAA Championships, which was the highest finish for the Gators in 23 years. The Gators women’s squad placed third at SEC’s and sixth at NCAA’s for the second consecutive year at both meets. Individually, the two teams had 21 student-athletes combine for 74 All-America honors. In addition, Florida broke 22 school records.
From 2011-14, Stancil helped extend Florida’s streak of consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes, which is now 15 for the men and 14 for the women following this past season. Stancil also helped lead the Gator men’s team to their first SEC Championship in 20 years in 2013.
In addition to her coaching duties, Stancil serves as the Gator Swim Camp Director, while also coordinating all the team’s travel.
Prior to her return to Gainesville, Stancil spent two seasons at SEC foe South Carolina (2006-08), one year as an assistant coach at the Savannah College of Art and Design (2005-06) and one as a graduate assistant at UF (2004-05) which began her coaching career. While she was a grad assistant, Stancil served as an instructor at Swim America in Gainesville.
In the pool during her career, Stancil was a 12-time NCAA All-American, two-time Olympian and a four-time national record holder for her native country, Barbados. She was a member of the 2002 Florida Gators SEC Championship team.
Internationally, Stancil is the Barbados national record holder in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 butterfly and 100 fly in both long and short course events. Stancil recorded her record-setting times in the 50 and 100 free events at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, while she clocked her marks in the butterfly races at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. In addition, Stancil was named Barbados’ Female Sportsperson of the Year three times (1995-97).
Stancil graduated from Florida in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychology and she earned her M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from UF in 2006. Stancil and her husband, Michael, reside in Gainesville and have two children, Noah and Emma.
The Leah Martindale Stancil File
Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados
Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 2002;
Masters of Science, Specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Florida, 2006
- Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2003-05
- Graduate Assistant, University of Florida Sports & Fitness Department, 2003-05
- Assistant Coach, Savannah College of Art & Design, 2005-06
- Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 2006-08
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2008-present