When Steve Billings founded the NOMAD swim team he couldn't have foreseen how much the team would grow.
Billings, who in addition to coaching the team is the co-owner of the NOMAD Aquatics & Fitness Center in Huntersville, said he started the team with only eight members.
But NOMAD has grown incredibly in the last 19 years - so much so that it now ranks as the fifth largest swim club in North Carolina.
"We have grown to over 330," said Billings.
Billings' NOMAD team has been nothing short of dominant, compiling over 600 wins and only 82 losses since 1991. The year-round team competes at the local, regional and national levels.
As a member of the Blue Ridge Swim Association, NOMAD has won conference championships for 18 straight years. NOMAD is ranked among the top 10 swim teams in the state.
Billings' career includes stops at UNC Charlotte and North Mecklenburg High as swim coach. At North Meck, he was a big part of the school's string of 21 straight conference championships.
NOMAD also has an experienced coaching staff. Some of its coaches have been teaching the sport for 20-plus years.
"All of our coaches are certified with the United States Swimming Association and are actively involved in high school swimming as well," said Billings.
For Andrew Corley, a member of NOMAD's competitive swim team, the success the team has had since its founding and its coaching staff are only part of the reason he's stuck around with the team for the last 4 1/2 years.
"I think NOMAD has something for you no matter what your personal taste is," said Corley; the center's facility and variety have impressed him.
"It's a place the entire family can enjoy together."
The family-owned center, which opened its doors in 2007, has about 4,000 members. Billings said that in addition to swimming pools, it offers racquetball courts, strength and conditioning, exercise classes and scuba training.
"We really have something for everyone," he said.
Billings attributes the team's and center's success to NOMAD's atmosphere.
"The staff is our strongest point," he said. "We pride ourselves in our customer service and creating a family atmosphere that anyone can feel comfortable in," said Billings.
"It's just an experience you don't get with other centers, the staff knows everyone by name and welcomes you every time you walk through the door," he said.
Corley, who will be attending Pfeiffer University in the fall on a swimming scholarship, expressed his desire to remain active at NOMAD.
"I will need somewhere to train when I'm not at school and I can't see myself going anywhere else," said Corley. "The coaching staff and facility is second to none."