Richard "Dick" Wells has been involved in swimming over half of his life. This Akron native who prepped at Akron East High and earned his degree from Florida State, organized and coached the Akron, Rubber City and Fairlawn Swim Clubs - all age group swim teams. From 1963 to '70 he served as head swim coach at Firestone High School - guiding his mermen to 153 wins and only 11 losses. His teams captured the state championship in 1966 and '69 and won the District Championships in 1966, '67, '69 and '70. He became Ohio's first Coach of the Year in '67. Since 1973, Wells has been the director of athletics and swimming coach at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida where his success has continued. His men's teams captured the 1975 and '76 National Junior College (NJC) Swimming Championships and the '76 women's team did likewise.