ISCA Hall of Fame
'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.' - Jackie Robinson
The men and women who make up the ISCA Hall of Fame have all shown a tremendous commitment to our sport, excellence in the community, and an ability to bring out the best in others through athletic competition. It is our great honor to recognize their contributions with an induction into the ISCA Hall of Fame.
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020/2021
Bultman is a 1970 graduate of LSU where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He earned his certification in Physical Education from Tulane in 1975, and he received his master’s in Physical Education from the University of West Florida in 1979. An accomplished swimmer himself, Bultman was a LSU swimming letterman (1969, 1970) and won the Louisiana state title in the 50 freestyle while at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La.
Steve had Club experience at Lynn Park Piranhas in Louisiana. From there, he coached at Nashville Aquatic. After that, he had a 9-year stint at Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club in Florida, where he put 3 swimmers on the 1988 US Olympic Team (Beth Barr, Andrea Hayes, and Daniel Watters). After he finished at GPAC, he moved on to his last Club Coaching job with Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, GA and helped turn it into a successful club, as it continues to be today. After Dynamo he moved on to He moved on to college coaching at the University of Georgia where is was an assistant from 1995-1999.
In 1999, he took over the reigns of the Women’s Swimming and Diving program at Texas A&M. When Bultman was hired at Texas A&M on June 2, 1999, the Aggies had never finished higher than third at the conference championships or in the top 10 at the national meet. Under Bultman, the Aggies have finished lower than second at a conference meet just once and strung together an 11-year streak of top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. After four-straight fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships from 2013-16, the Aggies tallied their highest NCAA finish ever in 2017 with a third-place effort at the NCAA Championships. A&M put together another great showing at the national meet and eventually took third again in 2018.
Before his arrival, Texas A&M had never won a conference team title, but now owns Big 12 Conference championship trophies from 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, claimed four consecutive SEC Championships from 2016-2019. He is also a nine-time conference Coach of the Year, and has earned Coach of the Meet honors seven times. Under his direction, Texas A&M produced its first NCAA individual titles with a pair of wins from Julia Wilkinson and Alia Atkinson at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Since Wilkinson and Atkinson’s breakthrough wins, the Aggies have logged eight more individual crowns — seven by swimmers Cammile Adams, Breeja Larson, Paige Miller and Sarah Henry and one by diver Jaele Patrick.
Steve has been a 2-time USA Olympic Coach. In 2008 he was on the coaching staff for the Estonia Olympic Team. In the 2016 Olympics, he served on the Mexico Olympic Staff. He’s also served on USA Coaching staffs, including the 1985 Pan Pacific Games, the 1989 LEN Cup, the 2001, 2009 and 2015 World University Games and the 2013 World Championships.
Steve is one of the great influencers in USA Swimming, and we are excited to have him as an inductee in the class of 2021 ISCA Hall of Fame.
Bob had over a 51-year coaching tenure, starting as a Club Coach in the Peoria and Carbondale areas of Illinois. He not only coached at Southern Illinois University, but he also received his undergraduate degree, and also received his Master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Services from there.
Bob’s college coaching career is as follows:
- 1970-1973 – Swim Coach, Northwestern University
- 1973-1984 – Head Swim Coach, Southern Illinois University
- 1984-1995 – Director of Athlete/Coach Development, United States Swimming
- 1997-2004 – Head Swim Coach, California State University-Bakersfield
- 2004-2010 – Master Coach/Consultant – USA Swimming
As a retired member of the USA-Swimming Master Coach/Consulting Program, he has coached at all levels with 17 swimmers World Ranked in 37 events, two American Record Holders, five NCAA ll Team Championships, seven NCAA II Record Holders, 9 NCAA I Top 20 finishes and six National Independent Championship teams.
He has conducted 120 USA-S Team Excellence Camps for teams with a world ranked underclass swimmer and fine coaching staff, along with over 50 of his Winning Spirit Racing Camps. He has presented to over 30,000 coaches at ASCA, FINA, LSC and H.S. Coaches Associations.
We want everyone to come and help celebrate Bob’s Induction into the ISCA Hall of Fame.
Special Note, besides his Games Gimmicks Challenges, he also was known as the fun coach who distracted pain. But since his retirement, he has also become a talented artist.
"Dudley was such an influential coach for me because he really instilled the importance of technique, and developing the fundamentals of swimming. To this day, I use many of the drills I did with him for my own young swimmers. He also established the importance of overall fitness; he would lead us on runs and our dryland workouts, and more often than not, put us young swimmers to shame. Dudley was also incredibly good at establishing a bond between our swimmers and it was the first time I really understood what it meant to be a part of a team. He would organize activities for our senior group outside of the pool, and those were crucial to our team becoming incredibly close, and to this day, those are some of the best memories I have from my swimming career." - Rada Owen
"I met Mark Schubert for the first time when he became the Women's Head Coach at the University of Texas, where I was swimming. I had heard rumors about how he was a notoriously tough, distance coach. I thought, so why is he coming to one of the best sprint programs in the country. I am surely going to be in trouble. I soon found out that he wasn't just a great distance coach, he could actually coach sprinters as well! He encouraged me to keep a log book while I was swimming and write comments about my training/workouts. In doing this, it made me learn so much more about who I was and what I felt I needed as a sprinter. I truly became a student of the sport. Mark asked if I would ever consider coaching as a profession and the "bug" was placed. From that moment on, (and for almost 30 years now) that's what I've done. Mark has had such a great influence on me both as a swimmer and now as a coach, I truly owe a lot of thanks to him. I am so very proud to call him a close friend." - Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt
Legendary swimming coach Bob Gillett, passed away at his home in Arizona in February 2017. Coach Gillett was the ultimate innovator of dolphin kicking underwater on your side like a fish, a technique used by Olympic Champion, Misty Hyman.
Bob was more than just an innovator poolside, he had impact on our sport as a whole. More importantly, he was just a great guy. I will miss our talks. Thanks for your friendship and insights. Rest In Peace - Rich Rogers
It was such a blessing to have trained along side possibly one of the best coaches in the U.S. If it wasn't for him and his coaching skills I would never have made it as far as I did in the swimming world. RIP coach Gillett you will be missed.??? - Erica Stock
One of the all-time greats and a very nice person who helped me tremendously. If you learned how to dolphin kick from me you learned it from him. - John Bradley
The world lost a great man. Bob Gillett was my swim coach through the most formative years of my athletic career. He was often cantankerous and misunderstood by some, but to those who knew him, he was an amazing and authentic person. He was a master coach, on the cutting edge of his sport. In the pool, and beyond, he was a visionary, a leader, an entrepreneur, an inventor, a father, a husband, and a mentor to many, many young athletes. He was one of the most influential people in my life. I'll never forget him and the the many lessons he taught me. His passion, his focus, his drive, and his long term vision have all impacted the person I am today. My heart and my thoughts are with his family; wife Kathy, and children Cheryl and Donny. He will be greatly missed by many, especially the thousands of young swimmers who got the privilege to suffer in his pool. You will always be in my heart and in my head pushing me to be better. Rest In peace, Coach. - Dan Querciagrossa
News from AZ Sports in Feb 2017 upon Coach's passing
Bob Gillett, best known for coaching 2000 Olympic swimming gold medalist Misty Hyman, died Saturday at his Arizona home.
Gillett was inducted into the International Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame last year for a 50-year career that included working with swimmers who won 20 national and 50 junior national championships.
Gillett coached the Arizona Desert Fox swim team from 1971-2006, which operated out of his Arizona Sports Ranch after 1982. He also was CEO/coach of the Golden West Swim Club from 2006-11.
Hyman was coached by Gillett through 1997 when she graduated from Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School and moved on to college at Stanford. Gillett helped Hyman develop her underwater butterfly kick and extended underwater breakout that almost took her to the 1996 Olympics when she was 17. She made it to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she upset heavily favored Australian Susie O'Neill to win the 200-meter butterfly. Hyman now is an Arizona State assistant coach.
Cindy Tran, who was coached by Gillett, broke Natalie Coughlin’s national 15-16 age group 100-yard backstroke record. In 2010, Tran broke the national high school record in the 100 back, becoming the first prep swimmer to break 52 seconds.
"When you think of the true innovators in the sport of swimming, Bob Gillett immediately comes to mind," said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director. "He was constantly looking forward and creating new ways to help his swimmers improve. He was also always willing to share his knowledge with other coaches to help them work with their swimmers better. He will be missed by all in the swimming community.
"I still call Misty Hyman's incredible gold medal in Sydney one of the Olympics' most memorable moments. How Bob and Misty worked together to accomplish what most people thought couldn't happen was simply amazing."