Coach Stan Tinkham

ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: Pre-2003

Accomplishments:

• Olympic Games: 1956 Women’s Coach
• Pan American Games: 1963 Women’s Coach
• Walter Reed Swim Club Coach 1954-1958
• Northern Virginia Aquatic Club Owner, Founder and Coach
• AAU Swim Committee, AAU Finance Committee
• Past Chairman Long Distance Committee and Olympic Committees.
 
From 1954 through 1958 Walter Reed Army Hospital, coached by Army Private Stan Tinkham, dominated the U.S. Senior National Championships, winning every event but diving at one or more times during those four years. Coach Tinkham’s swimmers set numerous American records, world records in individual events and they particularly dominated the relays.
 
Coach Tinkham’s U.S. 1956 Melbourne Olympic Team was the only one ever coached by a 24 year old and it included a preponderance of his own club’s swimmers. Though the games were dominated by the host, Australia, Stan’s Shelley Mann won the first Olympic butterfly gold medal.
 
Next, Coach Tinkham built his own pool, the Northern Virginia Aquatic Club and continued to produce world class swimmers, notably, Robin Johnson, the dominant freestyler of her time.
 
His tireless enthusiasm and innovative approach to coaching, made him a natural for the vast Washington, D.C. area where he was a founder and first President of the D.C. Coaches Association, member at large of the National AAU Swim Committee, Chairman of National Long Distance Swimming and the Vice President of the D.C. Amateur Athletic Union