Coach Phil Moriarty

Phil Moriarty
Phil Moriarty
Phil Moriarty
Phil Moriarty

2009 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Men’s Swimming Head Coach, Yale University

Coach Phil Moriarty grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and was a self-described “pool rat”, occasionally training as a high school swimmer under Yale’s legendary coach Bob Kiphuth. Coach Moriarty started out as a team towel boy and a go-fer for Kiphuth and the Yale swimmers. With the opening of the “Exhibition Pool” designed by Kiphuth in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, Coach Moriarty obtained his first paid position in 1932. Later, he was appointed in 1939 as the assistant varsity swim coach. When Bob Kiphuth retired in 1959, Moriarty took over the helm as head coach until 1976. During his 17 years as Head Swim Coach for Yale, Moriarty continued to handle the Yale divers – coaching them for 37 years. In 1960, he was the U.S. Olympic Diving Coach in Rome after playing a major coaching role with the Olympic Springboard Champions “Skippy” Browning (1952) and Bobby Clotworthy (1956). During his tenure as head coach, his teams won 195 dual meets, lost 25. In 1971, he was awarded the title of NCAA Coach of the Year.

Coach Phil Moriarty was a long-time Yale swimming and Hall of Fame coach. He turned out many world record holders and Olympic champions including: Steve Clark, Don Schollander and John Nelson. Coach Moriarty was named 1971 NCAA Coach of the Year and won the Fred Cady Diving Coaches Award in 1974. In 1980, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Moriarty served as Chair of the NCAA Rules Committee.

In 1969, the Yale Swimming Alumni established the Phil Moriarty Award to annually recognize a senior member of the team who has contributed immeasurably to the Yale swimming tradition by his dedication and personal achievement. Another Phil Moriarty Award was established in 1976 by the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Association to annually recognize the swimmer scoring the most points in the Eastern Seaboard Meet.

Later on in 1960, Coach Moriarty authored the book Springboard Diving, and followed it up with Father and Son Swimming Book (1970) He wrote many articles about swimming. And self-published several volumes of poetry and prose. In his retirement years, he stayed involved with the Yale Swimming Association, directing his energies towards fund raising to build a new facility for future Yale Swimmers and communicated with a large network of friends. Coach Moriarty passed away at 98 years old.