Coach Charles “Red” Silvia

Charles Silvia

ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Springfield College

  • USA US National Collegiate record holder: 300 yd individual medley
  • College All-American
  • Captain, Springfield College Swim Team
  • Multi-sports coach: New Hampton School
  • Wibraham Academy
  • New Haven YMCA
  • Springfield College (from 1937)
  • Assistant Coach: 1956 US Olympic Team
  • Developed 50 college swim coaches
  • His swimmers set 14 World Records
  • President, College Swimming Coaches Association of America
  • President, Board Chairman, ISHOF
  • Recipient of Collegiate & Scholastic Swimming Trophy
  • Honoree in Helms (Citizens Savings) Hall of Fame
  • Author of Life Saving & Water Safety

Charles “Red” Silvia coached more than 200 All-American swimmers and an Olympic gold medalist during his 41 years at Springfield College. Silvia graduated from Springfield in 1934, and went on to win a New England championship and set several college records. He coached and taught life saving at the college from 1937 until his retirement in 1978. His teams won 214 meets and 10 New England championships.

He passed away on June 16th, 1998, at 87 years old.