Coach Peter Daland


ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Coach Peter Daland is one of the most respected names in American coaching. He was the head U.S. Olympic coach of the women’s team in 1964 and the men’s in 1972. Coach Daland also served as Director of Competition for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Coach Daland had filled various national coaching duties over the years, coaching teams in Russia, GDR, World University Games, and the Olympics. Coach Daland coached 33 swimmers to Olympic berths since 1960. Coach Daland is a former president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and former president of the Worlds Swimming Coaches Association.
 
Coach Daland won all three major national team championships — 8 NCAA, 14 National AAU Men’s, and 2 National AAU Women’s (LAAC). Specializing in family dynasties, Peter had the good fortune of championships wins from the brothers Devine, Bottoms, Furniss, Orr, and the House brother and sister act. His Trojan teams have won more than 160 dual meets with more than 100 individual titles. As of 1974, Coach Daland’s ongoing record boasted 183 individual national champions. Coach Daland began in New York City graduating from Swarthmore in 1948 and got his first coaching job at Rose Valley, PA, where he won 8 straight Suburban League titles (1947-55). He founded and was first coach of the Philadelphia Suburban Swim Club and served as an assistant to Bob Kiphuth at Yale before deciding to take Horace Greeley’s advice and head west in 1956 as coach of USC and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. In 1958, he returned to Yale with 5 USC Freshmen and won the National AAU Team Title from the New Haven Swim Club.