ASCA is proud to announce its Hall of Fame Class 2017
The American Swimming Coaches Associations will honor 4 coaches this fall by inducting them into the ASCA Hall of Fame during the ASCA World Clinic banquet on Thursday, August 29th, 2017, at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
The inaugural ASCA Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2002. The Hall has enshrined nearly 100 of America’s greatest swim coaches in the last 15 years. ASCA welcomes the Class of 2017: Coaches Bob Mattson, Charlie Hodgson, Jill Sterkel, and Jonty Skinner!
Coach Bob Mattson
Coaches would regularly come visit Bob to watch him teach his extraordinary weekly mechanics class where he was always exploring new styles of swimming to unlock new speed thresholds – Paul Bergen was one of those I personally remember sitting in the stands while he was a young coach in Philadelphia. He credited Bob with teaching him the style of breaststroke he taught Tracy Caulkins (I believe Paul did this in an ASCA presentation as well several times we discussed it). Jim Ellis was a regular at the Swim School and one of Bob’s great quotes is “All that is not shared is lost”.
Coach Charlie Hodgson
Over the course of 13 years, Coach Hodgson developed 17 individual and relay National Champions. Coach Hodgson oversaw the development of multiple elite athletes, including Matt Gribble, David Wilkie, Jesse Vassallo, and Michelle Richardson. His leadership led these swimmers to World titles, NCAA titles, World Records, and Olympic teams. His abilities extended beyond personal connections with a few athletes, though. Among a litany of other achievements, as Head Coach for the Hurricanes, the 1976 women’s team won back to back National Championships under Coach Hodgson’s tutelage.
Coach Jill Sterkel
Coach Jill Sterkel is another former swimmer turned coach. Coach Sterkel is a three time Olympian, an Olympic champion, and former world record holder.
As a 15 year old, Sterkel put forth a heroic performance on the 1976 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, beating the East German women. She would go on to win gold again 1984 and bronze in 1988; always an incredibly reliable relay performer.
Coach Jonty Skinner
Coach Skinner began collegiate coaching at the University of Alabama as an assistant before moving to California to become the head coach of the San Jose Aquatics Club. There, the club went on to win five Junior National team titles and one US National team title in 1986. Coach Skinner went on to return to Alabama and took over as Head Coach in 1990. He served for eight years as USA Swimming’s Director of National Team Technical Support before returning to the University of Alabama as an assistant coach in May of 2012.