Coach Dick Shoulberg

2009 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Coach Germantown Academy and GAAC

Coach Shoulberg has represented the United States over 17 times as a coach in international competitions such as the World and Pan Pacific Championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. Richard Shoulberg produced eleven Olympians: Maddy Crippen (2000), Alex Fung (2000), Guy Yimsomruay (2000), Dave Wharton (1988, 1992), Dave Berkoff (1992), Sean Killion (1992), Karin LaBerge (1980), Ddan Jorgenson (1988), Trina Radke (1988), Erika Hansen (1988), and Sue Heon (1984). The open water champion Frank Crippen was also one of his elite swimmers. Since 1980, his Academy teams have won two men’s National Prep School Championships and five women’s championships, and his teams have finished in the top eight at Senior Nationals. Coach Shoulberg has coached over 150 All Americans along with numerous Senior and Junior National champions and finalists. However Coach Shoulberg purpose has been the human qualities of citizenship he instills in each and every one of his swimmers, not the number of great athletes he has produced.

From 1958-1959 and 1961-1962, Coach Shoulberg served in the United States Army. Upon his return in 1959, he began coaching as Head Swim Coach of the Boys & Girls Penn Square Swim Club. From 1960-1972 he was the Head Swim Coach of the Boys & Girls Mermaid Swim Club, while also being the Head Swim Coach of the Girls Norristown Area YWCA from 1958-1968. Shoulberg was the Head Swim Coach for the Boys & Girls Roxborough Area YMCA from 1968 until 1969.

In 1969, Coach Shoulberg established the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club (GAAC) as the first Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the Girls and Boys Swim Teams. During his time at GAAC, he has severed as an aquatics teacher for elementary through grade 12, learn-to-swim, lifeguard certification, and fitness training. While at GAAC, Coach Shoulberg has had two of his swimmers set World Records and over eight swimmers establish American records. Many of the swimmers in his program have set numerous National and High School Records. Since 1969 he has produced over 300 Prep/High School All-American swimming student-athletes from both Germantown Academy and Germantown Academy Aquatic Club.

As a coach, Richard Shoulberg has served on multiple USA teams as shown below:

  • Head Manager of USA National Team to the Soviet Union (1981)
  • Assistant Coach of USA Pan-American Team (1983)
  • Assistant Coach of USA Pan-Pacific Team (1985)
  • Assistant Coach of USA World Championship Team (1986)
  • Assistant Coach of USA Pan-Pacific Team (1987)
  • USA Olympic Advisory Coach (1988)
  • USA Women’s National Team Coach (1988-90)
  • Head Women’s Coach of USA Pan-Pacific Team (1989)
  • Head Women’s Coach USA Pan-American Team (1991)
  • Assistant USA Olympic Swim Team Coach (1992)
  • Head Women’s Coach United States America Pan-Pacific Team (1993)
  • Assistant Men’s Coach of USA Pan-Pacific Team (1997)
  • Advisory Coach of USA Women’s Olympic Team (2000)
  • Head Coach of USA Women’s Goodwill Games Team (2001)
  • Head Coach of USA Women’s Pan-Pacific Team (2002)
  • Assistant Coach of USA Men’s Pan-America Team (2003)
  • Head Coach of USA National Junior Team (2006)
  • Assistant Coach of USA Women’s Pan-American Team (2007)
  • Head Coach of USA National Junior Team (2008)

In addition, Richard Shoulberg has presented swimming clinics worldwide over the years including Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Russian, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Finland, and the United States. He has published numerous articles in the ASCA Magazine, NISCA Magazine, Swimming Technique, and Swimming World. Coach Shoulberg also wrote a chapter on IM Training for The Swim Coaches Bible. He lives with his wife Molly in East Norriton, a Philadelphia suburb, where they have raised four children (Steve, Rick, Becky and Bert).

Professional Awards:

  • Inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Recipient of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America (NISCA) Hall of Fame Award (2000)
  • Recipient of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America (NISCA) National Collegiate & Scholastic Swimming Trophy (1996)
  • Inducted into Germantown Academy Hall of Fame (1995)
  • Recipient of the Coach of the Year Award by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) (1982 & 1989)
  • Inducted into Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Inducted into Pennsylvania Hall of Fame (1986)

Team Awards:

  • Women’s National Prep School Champions: 1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005
  • Men’s National Prep School Champions: 1985 & 1986
  • Undefeated Independent School Swimming Champions: 1983 to Present*
  • *Since 1969 the winning percentage for the women’s team is 98% and the men’s team is 82%.