WALT SCHLUETER (USA)
1978 Honor Coach
FOR THE RECORD: U.S. Olympic and Pan American coach. He produced swimmers on every Olympic team from 1948 through 1972; His swimmers have established 15 World Records, 51 American and Sr. National Records, 35 National AAU Championships. His teams won two U.S. AAU National Team Championships with Chicago Town Club in 1950 and the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1961.
Walt Schlueter was an innovator, a perfectionist, an eminently successful coach. He is particularly noted for developing the perfect stroke of Don Schollander and Marilyn Ramenofsky. He was originator of the rhythm method of teaching pace and the race pace/short rest/ broken swim method of training. Elected as U.S. Olympic and Pan American diving coach, he was also Pan American swim coach as well as U.S. coach at several international swimming competitions. He is best known as a coach of coaches, a stroke specialist originating dozens of stroke drills. His swimmers have competed for the US. in 36 international competitions.