Coach Fred Cady

ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

 

Accomplishments:

• Coach of 4 Olympic diving teams – 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948
• Coach of 4 Olympic gold medalists
• Coach of University of Southern California for 33 years
• At one time his divers held all U.S. and World Diving Championships.
 
Coach Fred Cady (1885-1960) was born in a beach resort (Asbury Park, New Jersey) and died near a swimming pool (Los Angeles, California) 75 years later.
 
Coach Cady was an American Olympic coach from 1928 through 1948. His youngest Olympic champion was 13-year-old Marjorie Gestring (1936 team).
 
He started coaching in 1904 in Philadelphia at the YMCA. In about 1918 he trained Olga Dorfner who became the first American girl to break a world record. Coach Fred Cady toured Southern California in 1919 then moved west to coach at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and the University of Southern California for 33 years. In both men’s and women’s swimming and diving, he produced National and Olympic champions including Dutch Smith and Mickey Riley. At one time Cady divers held all U.S. and world diving championships. In addition to Olga Dorfner, Coach Cady’s famous swimmers included Olympians Buster Crabbe, Paul Wolff and many others.