ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Arden Hills Swimming

  • Coached 32 years.
  • 1967 US Women’s Pan American Team Coach.
  • 1968 and 1972 US Women’s Olympic Coach.
  • 1968 ASCA Coach of the Year.
  • His swimmers produced 83 World Records, 131 American Records.
  • Coached Olympic swimmers Mark Spitz, Debbie Meyer and Mike Burton.
  • In 1968 and 1972, his Arden Hill swimmers garnered 16 Olympic gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.
  • Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977.

In 1954, Sherm Chavoor founded the Arden Hills Swimming and Tennis Club in Carmichael, California. Over the next three decades, Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa set more than 200 world and American records, earned 31 Olympic medals, 21 gold, and 7 of which were won by legendary swimmer Mark Spitz, arguably the greatest athlete of all time prior to Michael Phelps.

Sherm Chavoor revolutionized the sport with a training program in which he pushed his students to swim twice as far, twice as long as anyone else. He had the ability to make anyone believe that they could be a champion through sheer determination and hard work. Sherm was able to take all the neighborhood children, inspire them and turn them into champions. His program grew and its reputation proceeded. It received the attention of 18 year old swimmer, Mark Spitz who wanted the opportunity to train under the leadership of Sherm. Through Sherm’s rigorous workouts and one of a kind coaching style he lead his swimmers on a path towards excellence.

In the 1980’s, Sherm was ready to retire. He left a tremendous mark on the world, the local community and all of his swimmers. He sold Arden Hills in 1985 and retired from coaching in 1990. He passed away in September of 1992, at 73 years of age.

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