Announcing the 2016 ASCA Hall of Fame Honorees!


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ASCA is proud to announce its Hall of Fame Class 2016

The American Swimming Coaches Associations will honor 4 coaches this fall by inducting them into the ASCA Hall of Fame during the ASCA World Clinic banquet on Thursday, September 8th, 2016, at the Marriott Harbor Beach ballroom on Fort Lauderdale beach.

The inaugural ASCA Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2002. The Hall has enshrined nearly 100 of America’s greatest swim coaches in the last 15 years. ASCA welcomes the Class of 2016: Coaches L.A. “Buddy” Baarcke, George Breen, Robert Steele, and Raymond Woods!

Buddy Baarcke

Coach L.A. “Buddy” Baarcke

Coach Baarcke has dedicated over 6 decades of his life to swimming and 59 as a coach. His career spanned tenures in Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. He coached 1 Olympic Gold Medalist and 9 world-ranked swimmers. As an athlete, Baarcke was one of the original world-record holders in the new Butterfly stroke.

Coach Baarcke will be introduced by Coach John Leonard, ASCA Executive Director and ASCA Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

George Breene

Coach George Breen

Coach Breen was a USA National Champion and Olympic Medalist in 1956 and 1960 for legendary Coach Doc Counsilman. Breen has been actively coaching for 50 years at the collegiate and club level in Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Jersey; and served as ASCA President in 1975-76.

Coach Breen will be introduced by Coach Frank Keefe, ASCA Hall of Fame Class of 2005.

Robert Steele

Coach Bob Steele

Coach Steele just retired after a stellar 46-year career. He has coached every level from Summer League through NCAA in Illinois, Florida, Kansas, and California. He is one of swimming’s great speakers, promoting coaching all over the world.

Coach Steele will be introduced by Roger VonJouanne; Bob’s swimmer and former USA National champion and NCAA finalist.

Raymond Woods

Coach Raymond Woods

Coach Woods is still actively coaching after 50 devoted years. His career has spanned club and NCAA coaching in California, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and now Washington. He produced an Olympic Silver Medalist, 3 Olympic Trial finalists, and 20 Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Coach Woods will be introduced by Dana Schoenfield; Ray’s swimmer and 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist in the 200 Breaststroke.

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