Jim Montgomery developed the masters swimming concept since 1981 and is currently part owner of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, one of the top adult fitness exercise programs in the country. From 1988 - 1990, Montgomery was responsible for the design and start-up of the Baylor Aquatic Center located at the Baylor-Tom Landry Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the first facility ever built with the primary focus on adult fitness swimming and aquatic medical programming and research.
From 1990 - 1999, he served as Director of the Baylor Aquatic Center. Since 1998, he has served as Aquatics Director and Head Varsity Swim Coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas.
He has also excelled in sports having been a consistent champion throughout his swimming career; he has held 10 World records and won 9 World Championships, 14 Masters World Championships, 14 National Titles and 7 N.C.A.A. Titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team, he won three Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.
Montgomery grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and attended Madison East High School where he won six state championships in swimming. He went on to swim for James "Doc" Counsilman at Indiana University where he graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Business. His senior year he was awarded the Belfour award as the top student athlete in the Big Ten Conference.
Dallas Aquatic Masters
DAM or the Dallas Aquatic Masters is one of the largest masters swimming teams in the world. Co-founded and co-owned by Bobby Patten and Olympic champion Jim Montgomery, it is a year-round adult swimming team geared towards swimming in the pool and open bodies of water for fitness, fun and competition. DAM offers expertly designed adult group swim programs and adult private lessons to suit the needs of adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.