Coach Ron Ballatore

Ron Ballatore
Ron Ballatore

2009 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • 5-Time Olympic Coach: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, and 1988.
  • Coached 28 Olympians, who won 12 Medals, including 10 Gold.
  • 3-Time World Championship Coach for the USA.
  • 4-Time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
  • Coached UCLA Men’s team to 1982 NCAA Championships.
  • Coached Collegiate Swimmers to 26 NCAA Titles.
  • Inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Coach Ballatore’s Historic Athletes

  • Mark Chatfield
  • Chris Woo
  • Brian Goodell
  • Bill Barrett
  • Stephen Barnicoat
  • Tom Jager
  • Mark Dean
  • Robin Leamy
  • Bruce Hayes
  • Craig Oppel

Coach Solotar’s History

  • Toledo Swim Club from 1965-1967.
  • Pasadena City College from 1967-1978.
  • UCLA from 1978-1994.
  • Brown University from 1994-1996.
  • University of Florida from 1996-1999.

While leading the UCLA Bruins swimming program, Coach Ron “Stix” Ballatore coached 28 Olympians, including gold medalists Brian Goodell and Tom Jager. He also served as a coach for five Olympic swimming teams, including the United States team at the 1984 Summer Olympics and 1988 Summer Olympics, the Peruvian team in 1968, the Ecuadorian team in 1972, and the Israeli team in 1976. He also served as the head coach of the US national swimming team at the 1975 Pan American Games, where his American men’s swimmers won twenty-six medals in individual and relay events.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in 1962. While he was an undergraduate, he received All-American honors competing in the backstroke for the Southern Illinois Salukis swimming team. He later earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 1975.

Ballatore and his wife Ann Claire had five children – three daughters and two sons. He died in Gainesville, Florida, after a long battle with cancer; he was 71 years old.