Coach Matt Mann


ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Accomplishments:

• Olympic Games: 1952 (U.S. Olympic Men’s Swimming Team Head Coach)
• 13 NCAA team titles at University of Michigan;
• 8 straight Big Eight conference titles at University of Oklahoma
• Developed summer athletic swimming camp in 1920
• Author of swimming books influencing training and technique.
 
Coach Matt Mann of Michigan won 8 NCAA team championships in a row, 12 in 15 years and 13 overall to stamp him the U.S.A.’s most successful college coach. His U.S. team won the 1952 Olympics and when retired from Michigan at 70, he went on to 8 years at Oklahoma never losing a Big 8 swimming meet.
 
Coach Mann learned to swim at 8 in Leeds Public Bath, his arms thrust through the rubber rings in Professor Tomlinson’s breaststroke machine, a contraption pulled the length of the pool on a cable. Coach Matt Mann would swim anywhere. He became England’s boy champion at 9, a senior champion at 14, acted as companion for the great Barney Kieran when that Australian came to tour England.
 
After working as a dry goods clerk in Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo, Coach Mann was fired for too much swimming time off and he became one of the USA’s first full-time, if itinerant, swim coaches. He worked with the early pioneers George Corson, Dr., Commodore Longfellow, Dr. Dudley Sargent; was one of this country’s first high school coaches (Buffalo, 1907), college coaches (Syracuse, 1910) and coached in the first U. S. municipal pool (Brookline, Mass.). He is the only person to have coached at both Harvard and Yale. At one point, the energetic Mann coached the New York Athletic Club, Yale, Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, Lawrenceville, and Navy all in the same season and all winners. He preceded Bob Kiphuth at Yale and began that school’s championship tradition. After a period at the Duluth Boat Club and Detroit Athletic Club, he became Michigan’s first full-time swim coach and started his children’s’ famed camps in Canada from whence 30 boys and girls grew up to make Olympic teams. Coach Matt Mann believed a coach is a coach no matter what the sport.