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Tom Himes has 45 years of coaching experience in addition to five years of summer league coaching. Coach Tom first began his career with North Baltimore (NBAC) in 1985 after spending six years with the Howard County YMCA. He spent 17 years with NBAC as the Head Age Group Coach, before departing for Retriever Aquatic Club, Green Terror Aquatic Club, and later Loyola Blakefield Aquatics.  Tom elevated the level of each club's age group program.  In 2009, he returned to NBAC once again as the Head Age Group Coach.  In the fall of 2016, Coach he was named NBAC's Head Coach.

Himes has coached swimmers to more than 600 National Top 25/Top16/Top10 rankings, including 88 number one rankings, 38 National Age-Group Records, and more than 550 Maryland State Records. In addition, NBAC won 11 consecutive National Age Group Team Championships. He has coached some of the best swimmers in the world as age groupers, including Olympic Champions Michael Phelps and Beth Botsford. 

In 2023, Tom Himes was inducted into the International Swimming Coaches Association (ISCA) Hall of Fame.  He has also been honored as ASCA’s National Age Group Coach of the year and been a top 10 finalist multiple times.  Tom has served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors for more than 35 years in various capacities including the General Chairman, Age Group Chairman, Technical Planning Chairman, Zone Team Coordinator, and Zone Team Head Coach.  

Tom and his wife Betty have been married for 38 years and have a son (Matthew) and a daughter (Rebecca).

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  • Head Coach North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC)

  • 11 Consecutive National Age Group Team Championships

  • National Age Group Coach of the Year

Tom Himes

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