By Sam Freas

Sam's beginning as a small college coach saw no real successes in the area of sprinting, although, in 1977 while at Allegheny College, he was acclaimed the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year. At the University of Arkansas, due to a lack of pool availability, Sam developed unique coaching methods and experienced instant success in coaching sprinters. These methods evolved to earn Coach Freas SWC and SEC Coach of the Year honors as his swimmers garnished world and Olympic titles while setting records along the way.

After having coached on the collegiate and club levels, Dr. Freas became the president and chief executive officer of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a renowned public speaker and activist for the development of all phases of aquatics around the world. Whatever Sam is doing, his motto is "hammer down."

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