Coach Richard Papenguth


ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Accomplishments:

• Olympic Games: 1952 Olympic swimming and diving coach for women
• 1921-1925 University of Michigan diver and swimmer
• 1926-1939 Coach at Indianapolis Athletic
• 1939-1970 Coach at Purdue University and Lafayette Swim Club
• Coached 4 Olympians, 9 World Record holders, 8 Diving Champions, more than 60 All Americans and at least 40 U.S. National Champions
• Secretary/Treasurer of the College Coaches Swim Forum for 30 years
 
The late Coach Dick Papenguth, was eminently successful as a swimming coach, a diving coach, an actor-producer of water shows, and as an administrator at camp, club, college, national and Olympic levels. He is credited with being the first swimming coach who “worked college women hard.” It paid off with world records and national championships won by his Lafeyette Swim Club which was made up of Purdue co-eds. He was the first in a line of great coaches at the Indianapolis Athletic Club. His coaching career began in 1925 and ended with his death in 1970.
 
His men teams at Purdue produced 25 All-Americans, including World Record holders Elroy Heidke (breaststroke) and Keith Carter (breaststroke and freestyle) along with Hall of Famer Dave Armbruster. He is given most of the credit for developing the butterfly stroke. One of his swimmers, Canadian Beth Whittal, star of the 1954 Pan American Games, won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Athlete of the Year. Papenguth was responsible for getting Hall of Fame’s Matt Mann to Michigan in 1923. He also ran Matt’s Camp AK-O-Mak (the first girls’ swim camp) for nine years and started the first university course in camping (at Purdue).