Last week 1997 ISHOF Honor Coach, Mark Schubert, rejoined the Board of Directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Schubert, who took a leave of absence, was reinstated as an ISHOF Board Member at the Tuesday, June 14, 2023 Board Meeting by an overwhelming vote.

Schubert’s success as a coach is undeniable.  The one word describing Schubert on his Linkedin page by USA Swimming CEO, Tim Hinchey: LEGEND.  That kind of says it all.

He won his first National Championship, as Coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadore’s Women’s Team in 1974, alongside famed Coach, George Haines of Santa Clara, who took the Men’s and Combined Titles.  Schubert was only 25 at the time and Haines was his idol.  He would go on to win 44 Club National Championships over a total of 13 years. He would also capture nine National Titles for the Mission Bay Makos in Boca Raton, Florida, where he coached for just over three years in the mid to late 1980’s. Schubert would eventually returned to Mission Viejo, looking to bring the club back to its former glory.

He also had success on the NCAA level.  Schubert coached at the University of Southern California and the University of Texas, winning three NCAA Championships and 49 individual NCAA Titles, which included swimmers like Whitney Hedgepeth and Leigh Anne Fetter.

Schubert was a member of the USA Olympic Coaching Staff in 1980, (the Boycott Games) 1984, 1988, 1992 (Head U.S. Women’s Coach), 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics.

The swimmers that Schubert has coached is like an Olympic roster of who’s who.  Shirley Babashoff (1976), Brian Goodell (1976), Tiffany Cohen (1984), Mike O’Brien (1984), Jesse Vassallo (1984), Dara Torres (1984), and that is just the tip of the iceburg…………

Through his years as a coach, he has served on various USA Swimming Committees, including Steering, Olympic Operations and Technical Operations.   He has also been on the American Swimming Coaches Board of Directors and has served as the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s Vice President.

We are very lucky and happy to welcome this extremely knowledgeable man, back to the ISHOF Board of Directors.

If you would like to read Coach Mark Schubert’s entire 1997 Honoree biography, click here:

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