The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
Richard W. Shoulberg
Head Coach Germantown Academy and GAAC
2011 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming
Academy as well as GA Aquatic Club (formerly known as Foxcatcher). He has represented the United States as coach in international competitions over 17 times including the World and Pan Pacific Championships and the Pan American and Olympic Games. Honored by the American Swimming Coaches Assoc. in 1982 and 1989, Dick has produced eleven Olympians: 2000 Olympics - Maddy Crippen, Alex Fung, Guy Yimsomruay; 1992 Olympics - Dave Wharton, Dave Berkoff, Sean Killion, (the most male swimmers from any one club on the USA team); 1980 - Karin LaBerge; 1988 - Dan Jorgenson, Trina Radke, Erika Hansen, Dave Wharton; 1984 - Sue Heon. Open water champion Fran Crippen was one of his swimmers. He has also coached over 150 All Americans and numerous Senior and Junior National champions and finalists. Since 1980, his teams have finished in the top eight at Senior Nationals and his Academy teams have won five women’s National Prep School Championships and two men’s championships. In 2000 he received the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) Hall of Fame Award for high school swimming.
Even after 55 years in the coaching profession, he continues to teach pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 children, five to six classes per day in learn-to-swim, lifeguard certification and fitness training programs.
He continues to serve as a member of the Olympic International Development Committee, the Olympic International Operational Committee, the United States Swimming Steering Committee and the USS Rules Committee, among others. He has authored a chapter in the The Swim Coaching Bible and has presented clinics in over 15 countries.
But Shoulberg’s purpose is not in the number of great athletes he produced, but rather, the human qualities of citizenship he instills in each swimmer/student. Says Shoulberg swimmer and Princeton swim team graduate Alicia Aemsigger, “He cares about us as swimmers, but he cares more about us as people”.