Coach Louis deBreda Handley

ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Coach Louis deBreda Handley left Italy as a 22-year-old and set up business as an importer. He joined the New York AC, where he was active in many sports and his multiple talents were seen to advantage when he won a “medley” race which consisted of successive quartermiles of walking, running, horseback riding, cycling, rowing, and swimming. Coach Handley was also an outstanding water polo player and was on the New York AC team which won all but one of the AAU titles-both indoors and outdoors – between 1898 and 1911. He later became a noted coach and journalist. He was the first official coach to a women’s U.S. Olympic swim team and, in addition to publishing five books on the sport, he contributed the swimming section to the Encyclopedia Britannica.