The American Swimming Coaches Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Fame Coach Nort Thornton. His success at Cal Berkeley over 28 years and as a U.S. Olympic coach was extraordinary. His impact on our sport is immeasurable. Nort served as president and for many years on the board of directors of ASCA, and as a result coaches everywhere have benefited from his wisdom and guidance. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and the Cal Berkeley community.
“Nort was always there with a joke and always made us (coaches) think a little bit deeper about swimming. We were grateful for being in his presence.” – Coach Dave Salo, ASCA Board of Directors
“Nort was a real icon in our sport–a winner wherever he coached. I learned so much from him. I am proud to say we were friends.” – Coach Mark Schubert, ASCA Board of Directors
“Nort was a giant in our sport.” – Jon Urbanchek, ASCA Member