1999 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming
Don Megerle’s contribution as swimming coach at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts for the past 28 years goes far beyond statistics and win loss records. As Hall of Fame coach Red Silva put it "Don has great instincts and a wonderful human touch for his swimmers". Don is dedicated to his swimmers. This life commitment celebrates the dedication of service that he has given to his swimmers both in and out of the water.
A graduate of Bethany College under Coach Tom Grall and Springfield College with Silva, Megerle began coaching at Tufts in 1971. He is 4 time New England Coach of the Year, Secretary of the College Swimming Coaches Association, and has developed 88 All-American swimmers. He is also recognized as the best NCAA swimming meet coordinator in the country. In 1975, he became meet coordinator of the first NCAA Division III Men’s Nationals and in 1981 he oversaw the first Women’s Division III Nationals. Since 1980, he has been the coordinator of Division I NCAA National Championships. He has been the “nuts and bolts” of these meets since the first day. He has been the recipient of many awards in the CSCAA, but he is most proud of having been an usher in the weddings of 6 former swimmers. For Don Megerle, swimming is just the beginning of the relationship with his swimmers.