DR. JAMES E. 'DOC' COUNSILMAN (USA)
1976 Honor Coach

FOR THE RECORD:  OLYMPIC GAMES: U.S. Olympic Head Coach: 21 gold (1964, 1976); PAN AMERICAN GAMES: 11 gold; Captain & NCAA champion swimmer on Ohio State's National Championship Teams: 1946, 1947; Assistant Coach: University of Illinois (1948), University of Iowa (1948-1952; Coach: Cortland State (1952-1958); Indiana University (beginning 1958); 15 consecutive Big Ten Crowns (1961-1976); 6 consecutive NCAA team titles (1968-1972); 15 undefeated dual meet seasons in 19 yrs.; Records through 1974: WORLD RECORDS: 52; PAN AMERICAN RECORDS: 8; NCAA RECORDS (106 individual); AMERICAN RECORDS: 154; AAU RECORDS: (79 Indoor; 60 Outdoor);  President of American Swim Coaches Association; Founding President of the ISHOF; Author of The Science of Swimming.

Six times a "Doc" Counsilman, Indiana swimmer, has been named "World Swimmer of the Year".  His book, "The Science of Swimming", is THE text beside which all other swim books are judged.  An innovator and motivator, Counsilman has been the gospel from the scientific swimming application of stroke films, interval training, isotonic exercise, Bernoulli's Principle and hypoxic conditioning on down through the psychological lift of  "hurt, pain, agony" and jelly beans; whatever specific new approach will stimulate coaches and motivate their swimmers to work harder this year.  His leadership, prestige and persuasion were critical factors in the emergence of both the American Swimming Coaches Association and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Not bad for a swimmer who started at the East St. Louis YMCA.


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