Hall of Fame

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.

Hall of Fame wreath

Class of 2023

Tim Murphy, PSU, ISCA Hall of Fame

Tim Murphy

Tom Himes, ISCA Hall of Fame

Tom Himes

Sergio Lopez Miro

Sergio Lopez Miro

Class of 2015

Eddie Reese

Eddie Reese

Frankie Bell

Frankie Bell

Dick Jochums

Dick Jochums

Class of 2016

Bill Sweetenham

Bill Sweetenham

Bob Gillett

Bob Gillett

Class of 2017

Mark Schubert

Mark Schubert

Dudley Duncan

Dudley Duncan

Class of 2018

Kevin Weldon

Kevin Weldon

Bill Rose

Bill Rose

Mark Bernardino

Mark Bernardino

Class of 2019

Gregg Troy

Gregg Troy

Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis

Class of 2020/2021

Coach Jon Urbanchek

Jon Urbanchek

Author and Coach, Ernie Maglischo, Ph.D.

Ernie Maglischo, Ph.D.

Coach Mo, Maureen Sheehan.

Maureen Sheehan

Author and Coach, Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Coach Steve Bultman

Steve Bultman

Coach Jack Simon

Coach Jack Simon

HOF class of 2022 in blazers

Bob Steele, Jack Simon, Maureen Sheehan, Steve Bultman, Jon Urbanchek, Ernie Maglischo at the ISCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 28, 2022.

More Insights on each individual coach:

2023 Inductee, Sergio Lopez Miro

Head Coach, Virginia Tech

Sergio Lopez Miro, four-time Olympic Coach, two-time Olympian and bronze medal winner, was named the Director of Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving in May 2018.

Since Lopez Miro took the helm, the Hokies have seen a raise in the national rankings. The 2020-21 season was a breakout season for both the men's and women’s teams. On the men’s side, the Hokies recorded an 11th place finish at NCAA Championships; the highest finish in school history, combined with the most points scored in school history (135). The Hokies followed that up with another 11th-place finish in 2022, breaking the record with 143 points from the men.

The Hokies turned in four All-Americans and eight school records in 2022. The women also added an All-American during the 2022 season.

The women finished 21st in 2021, with the 2nd highest finish in school history, scoring the most points in school history (55). Through these performances, the Hokies earned 15 All-American Honors.

The Hokies also made a splash at the 2021 ACC Championship meet where Youssef Ramadan was named ACC Freshman of the Year (20-21). Youssef also became the fastest freshman in NCAA History with his performance in the 100 Butterfly (44.32).

Since taking over the program in 2018, the Hokies have seen 39 school records, 34 All-American performers and an ACC Champion. Lopez Miro’s Hokies have rewritten the all-time top-10 list with the men’s team producing 178 top-10 performances, while the women’s team has produced an impressive 121 Top-10 performances.

His program has also excelled in the classroom. For the past three seasons, both the men’s and women’s teams were named CSCAA Scholar All-American Teams. Forty-eight Hokies have been named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans; and 20 to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Lopez Miro sent 16 Hokies to the 2020 Olympic Trials. While the Hokies had a strong showing at trials, it was highlighted by AJ Pouch’s performance in the 200 Breaststroke with a fifth-place finish, as well as Blake Manoff’s semi-final appearance in the 100 Fly.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw eight athletes coached under Lopez Miro heading into the games. Highlighted by current Hokie Youssef Ramadan placing 16th overall in the 100m Butterfly with an Egyptian national record time of 51.67. Another notable performance was that of Santo Condorelli winning a silver medal in the 400 Free Relay.

Lopez Miro joined the Hokies after spending the two seasons as the associate head coach at Auburn University, following a two-year stint as the head high performance coach of the Singapore Swimming Association.

Prior to joining the Hokies, Lopez Miro had head coaching experience at West Virginia University from 2004-07, where he was a two-time Big East Men's Coach of the Year. During the 2006-07 season, the Mountaineers went undefeated with a regular season record of 13-0.

Following his stint at WVU, Lopez led the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida from 2007-14. During his tenure, he led both the boys' and girls' teams to state titles and his teams held five of the 11 independent school national high school records. In addition, the boys team claimed four national titles, while the girls finished as runners-up twice. His list of notable pupils while at Bolles includes Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling.

While working with the Singapore Swimming Association, Lopez Miro created and coached at the National Training Center, where he worked with 33 of the best swimmers in the country. He developed and coached the first Olympic gold medalist, Schooling, in Singapore's history. He is a three-time Olympic team coach, serving as the head coach for Singapore at the 2016 Rio games and as an assistant in 2012 for the London games. In addition, Lopez Miro was the head coach for Netherlands Antilles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Barcelona, Spain native was a member of the Spanish national team from 1984-96. He won a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships and has held European and U.S. Open records as well as 14 records in Spain. Lopez Miro claimed a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 200 breaststroke.

Lopez Miro began his coaching career as a volunteer at Arizona from 1994-96. From 1996-97 he was the technical director at the Cantabric Swimming Federation in Santander, Spain, before returning to the U.S. to serve as the head coach at Hillenbrand Aquatics in Tucson, Arizona.

He returned to the college ranks to serve as an assistant (2000-03) coach at Northwestern before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003. While there, he helped the Wildcats produce seven All-Americans, eight Big Ten champions, a Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and a Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Lopez graduated from American University in 1992 with a degree in Kinesiology. During his collegiate career, Lopez Miro earned nine All-American honors in the breaststroke and IM events.

2023 Inductee, Tim Murphy

Head Coach, Penn State University

Tim Murphy graduated from West Chester University in eastern Pennsylvania in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. From there he started a legendary journey in the swimming world. Upon completing college, Tim became an assistant coach under Bob Mattson at the Wilmington Aquatic Club in New Jersey. Probably the best learning experience a young coach could of gotten on his journey to coaching.

From Wilmington he moved to a 13-year run as Head Coach at the nationally recognized, Wilton YMCA Wahoos in Wilton, Connecticut. He led the Wahoos to seven National YMCA Championships and was named, YMCA National Coach of the Year in 1989. Murphy also garnered many Connecticut Swimming Coach of the Year Honors.

In 1998 Murphy was named the Head Coach of Harvard's Men's Swim Team. During his time with Crimson, Murphy compiled a 122-11 dual meet record and captured six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles. He posted seven undefeated dual meet seasons and brought three top-20 recruiting classes to Cambridge, Massachusetts, during his final three seasons. While at Harvard Murphy was appointed as the Head Olympic Coach for the Men's Open Water Team at the 2012 Olympic Games. 

After the Olympics, Murphy was appointed Head Men's and Women's Coach at Penn State University. Murphy's teams continue to excel, both academically and athletically. Murphy has placed multiple athletes on Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific and Pan-American teams.

2023 Inductee, Tom Himes

Head Coach / CEO, North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Tom Himes, in his 50th year of coaching as of September of 2023, began with summer league teams from 1975 – 1980. In 1979, Tom began year-round coaching at the Howard County  YMCA, coaching 8-&-Under swimmers. In 1980, Tom took over as the Head Coach of Howard  County YMCA and remained there until 1985.

Tom accepted the Head Age Group position at the North  Baltimore Aquatic Club in 1985 and continued in that role until 2002.

In 2002 Tom left NBAC and  accepted the Head Age Group Position at the Retriever Aquatic Club. Tom remained in the position until  2006.

Tom then did two short stints as the Head Age Group Coach at two different programs (GTAC  2006 – 2007 & LBA 2007 – 2009) before returning to NBAC in 2009.

In 2011 Tom again became the Head Age Group Coach at NBAC, a position he still holds in 2023. In addition, Tom became the NBAC Head Coach / CEO in 2016 and remains in that position as well .

Tom also was in the college coaching ranks while still doing the age-group job:

  • Towson University  (1999 – 2001),
  • UMBC (2002 – 2006), and
  • Towson (2007 – 2009). 

Tom has coached numerous swimmers to more than 600 National Top 10/Top 16 rankings, including  105 number one rankings and 39 National Age Group Records as well as multiple swimmers in the USA  Swimming ALL Time TOP 100 rankings. Tom’s swimmers have set more than 500 Maryland LSC records. 
Tom has coached at least one swimmer in every SCY / LCM season  in each of the last 40 years to National Top 10/Top 16 rankings. 

Tom coached Olympic Gold Medalists, Michael Phelps and Beth Botsford, as age groupers  and has produced countless other Junior and National Team Athletes as well as numerous swimmers  that have gone onto NCAA success.

Tom’s NBAC Age Group Teams have never lost a SCY or LCM Maryland Swimming Championship Meet.  Tom’s NBAC team won multiple ASCA Motivational Team Championships and remains a perennial TOP  20 Age Group Team and Virtual Club Championship Team.  

In addition, Tom has served on National, Zone and Local Swimming committees for the past 39 years.  He has served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors, in various capacities, for the past 39 years and is currently the Maryland Swimming Technical Planning Director. 

Tom is a multiple time Maryland Swimming Age Group Coach / Maryland Swimming Age Group Staff of  the year recipient. The award was actually renamed the “Tom Himes Age Group Coaching Staff of the Year Award” in 2005. Tom was awarded the ASCA Faster and Fitter Age Group Coach of the Year in 2015. Tom has been a 7 time Top 50 and 5 Time Top 10 Finalist for the Award. 

Tom was inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Tom has been married for 38 Years to Betty Himes and has two Children, Matthew (34) and Rebecca  (30). 

2021/22 Inductee, Jon Urbanchek

Coach Urbanchek was born August 23, 1936. For most of you, that was long before you came into this world. He was still going strong at the time of the induction. That in itself is a Hall of Fame honor!

Coach Urbanchek attended the University of Michigan, where he was both an All American and member of the 1959 and 1961 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship Team. After college, he had an illustrious career at Anaheim High School (1963-1978) where he coached both swimming and water polo. Not only enough coaching two teams and teaching full time, he also co-founded the Fullerton Aquatic Sports Team (FAST Swimming, Fullerton, California).

In December of 2019, the newly-rebuilt pool at Anaheim High School was officially renamed the John Urbanchek Aquatic Complex.

After leaving Anaheim High School in 1978, he became the Head Coach for Long Beach State, where he coached the 49er's Swim Program for five years. Coach Urbanchek then started in 1982 the Renaissance of the Michigan Men's swimming program. Within four years, he won the Big 10 swim championship and then continued to win another 9 in a row, establishing a Decade of Dominance. Did I mention to say, during that time he also won the NCAA Championship and won a total of thirteen Big 10 Championships during his time. He also was on the staff of seven Olympic Swimming Teams: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.Two of them were after he retired.

Upon retiring from Michigan in 2004, he assisted the school club team (Club Wolverine). He was inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame 2008 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

So much for retirement. In 2018 he became USA Swimming National Team Technical Advisor, which he held until 2020 and won the USA Swimming Award.

To the Man who will NEVER RETIRE, we take great privilege of honoring you!

Jon departed this world in May, 2024. [News]

2021/22 Inductee, Ernie Maglischo

Maglischo's incredible coaching career includes 13 national championships at three different institutions and six NCAA Division II Coach of the Year honors.

Dr. Ernie Maglischo has coached swimming for 30 years on the college and age group levels.

Maglischo coached the Golden Grizzlies (then Pioneers) for two years, 1979-81, and led OU to its first national championship and set the groundwork for the successes to follow.

Oakland won its first NCAA Division II title in any sport under Maglischo in 1980, and placed second nationally the following year. Maglischo was also responsible for bringing two men to Rochester, Michigan, to continue the tradition he upheld in the swimming program. He brought in his former swimmer Hovland to be his assistant coach. Plus, he recruited three-time NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year, Tracy Huth (current Associate AD at OU) to Oakland.

He has authored three books on swimming and co-authored one on nutrition and three others on swimming computer programs. 

  • Coach Maglischo was awarded the title of Master Coach by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in 1978, and in 1987 he was presented with the Honor Award for outstanding contributions to aquatics by the AAHPERD.

  • In 1991 the CSCAA awarded Maglischo the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Award, the highest of its kind in the United States.

The Massillon, Ohio, native was inducted into the Oakland University Hall of Honor in 1995. Prior to the OU Hall of Honor, he was also inducted into the California-Chico Hall, the city of Chico Hall, the Massillon Washington High School Alumni Hall, the State University of New York at New Paltz Hall and the Canton Ohio Swimming Hall of Fame.

Maglischo graduated in 1960 from Ohio University with a degree in physical education and in 1961 with a masters in physical education from Bowling Green. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in physical education from Ohio State in 1974.

Maglischo, after coaching 38 years, retired in 1998 and is returning to the coaching ranks after a five-year retirement. Most recently he guided Arizona State from 1993-98 and Cal State Bakersfield from 1983-93. After leaving Oakland in 1981, he returned for two seasons at Cal State Chico (1981-83).

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2021/22 Inductee, Maureen Sheehan

Maureen “Coach Mo” Sheehan grew up in Janesville, WI. She was a sports loving child, and tried every sport she encountered, but always gravitated to the tough ones. At Craig High School she swam, played basketball and ran track, reaching the Wisconsin State HS Championships in swimming and track and field. She was inducted into the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

She left Janesville to enroll at the University in Kansas, Class of 1980, where she swam 4 years for the Jayhawks, was a muti-year Team Captain, and AIAW (pre-NCAA) All-American in relay events. Her college coach, Gary Kempf, was a strong positive influence on her life and decision to become a swimming coach.

Coach Mo began her coaching career in Hutchinson, KS, in the summer of 1980, prior to student teaching at Blue Valley High School in Stanley, KS. Upon completing her teaching certification, she was hired as the Age Group Coach at the Lake Forest Swim Club in January 1981.

2021/22 Inductee, Steve Bultman

Head Women’s Coach at Texas A&M University.

Retirement news, January 2024.

In all my years of coaching, I have never come across a Coach, a Parent, or Official that had anything but rave reviews of Steve Bultman as a Coach, a Gentleman, and a true example of what a Swim Coach should strive to be. He is a man of caring, of tremendous knowledge of the sport, and a true innovator in his thinking.

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 Univeristy 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.

2021/22 Inductee, Jack Simon

Jack Simon spent five decades as a head coach in the USA and multiple other countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

  • Coach Jack Simon served as a Head Coach for 46 years from 1959-2005.

He has had the singular distinction of having a total of 75 of his athletes achieving Top 25 World Rankings, breaking three world records, and competed in numerous Olympic Games.

Jack placed two different teams to Top 3 in the U.S. National Championships, earned three U.S. Junior National team titles, and won numerous U.S. National Championships at the senior, junior, and age group levels.

He has served three terms on the Board of Directors of USA Swimming, led the American Swimming Coaches Association as President and Vice President, and remains a Director of the Swim America program. Coach Simon has served on every major USA Swimming Committee.

Jack has authored more than 20 articles in technical publications. Most recently presented at the first FINA World Coaches Clinic in Singapore (2009).

Prior to his career as a coach, Simon served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1960. Coach Simon has worked as a consultant to the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Mexico and worked in more than 20 nations as a clinician.

Top Swimmers
  • Paul Hartloff – 1976 Olympic Team
  • Bruce Stahl – World Record holder in the 50 free in 1980
  • Anne Tweedy – National Champion 1978-1979 and American Record holder
  • Patty Gavin – 1982-1983 National Champion
  • Libby Kinkead – 1981-1983 National Champion
  • Joe Hudepohl – 1992 & 1996 Olympic Team

2021/22 Inductee, Bob Steele

Bob had more than a 56-year coaching tenure, starting as a High School and Club Coach in Peoria, Illinois, and then in Carbondale, Illinois. He coached at Southern Illinois University, but he also received his undergraduate degree, and Master's degrees from the College of Education and Human Services from SIU.

  • SIU recognized him as Distinguished Alumni for Career Achievements in 2016. 

Bob's coaching career:

  • 1959 - 1962 - Carbondale Sharks – SIU Grad Assistant
  • 1963 - 1966 - Richwoods HS – Peoria Swim Club
  • 1967 - 1970 - Deerfield HS – Deerfield Swim Club
  • 1971 - 1973 - Swim Coach, Northwestern University
  • 1974 - 1984 - Head Swim Coach, Southern Illinois University
  • 1985 - 1987 - Orlando International Aquatic Center
  •  1987 - 1995 - Director of Athlete/Coach Development, United States Swimming
  • 1998 - 2004 - Head Swim Coach, California State University-Bakersfield
  • 2005 - 2016 - Master Coach/Consultant - USA Swimming 

Bob has coached at all levels with 17 swimmers World Ranked in 37 events, two American Record Holders, five NCAA II Team Championships, seven NCAA II Record Holders, 9 NCAA I Top 20 finishes and six National Independent Championship teams.

As a member of the USA Swimming Master Coach / Consulting Program, he conducted 140 USA-S Team Excellence Camps for teams with a world ranked underclass swimmer and fine coaching staff, along with more than 50 of his Winning Spirit Racing Camps. He has presented to more than 30,000 coaches at ISCA, ASCA, FINA, LSCs, Canada and H.S. Coaches Associations and 31 countries.

Presently Bob serves as a mentor for CSCAA and ASCA and conducts clinics and talks for teams.

The CSCAA selected him as one of the Top 100 Coaches in the last 100 years.

Bob's induction into the ISCA Hall of Fame happened on March 28, 2022.

Besides his book, Games, Gimmicks, Challenges for Swimming Coaches, he also was known as the fun coach who's focus was distracted pain.

Plus, he has painted more than 100 acrylic paintings.

Feel free to check out his open course:

2017 Inductee, Dudley Duncan

"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

2017 Inductee, Mark Schubert

"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

2016 Inductee, Bob Gillett

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.1f47c?1f64c?1f499? - 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."

2016 Inductee, Bill Sweetenham

Bill has been the National Team and Olympic Coach for three countries, Australia, Hong Kong, and Great Britain. In Great Britain he was the guiding force in returning that country to an international power in swimming. He returned to Australia and in 2021 he got the highest honor there from the NGB.

Called the most innovative and challenging coach ever known by Dick Hannula. Hannula coached with Bill in both Australia and Hong Kong at their respective Institutes of Sports. I have found that his observations and comments are a great source for all coaches.

2019 Inductee, Jim Ellis

Coach Jim Ellis is coach of the Salvation Army Kroc Aquatics (SAKA), one of Philadelphia's premiere swimming programs. He is most notable as the subject of the 2007 feature movie, Pride , and for his organization of the PDR swim team in 1971--the first African American swim team.

Among Coach Ellis’s athletes was Michael Norment, the first black swimmer on the U.S. National Team. Coach Ellis's programs have also sent athletes to every Olympic Trials since 1992.

In May 2007, Coach Ellis received the President's Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). Over a hundred of his swimmers have attended college on swimming scholarships.

Jim Ellis

2019 Inductee, Gregg Troy

Coach Gregg Troy has coached sixty-eight Olympians, including multiple world champions and world record holders. He is best known as the Head Coach of the University of Florida Men's Swimming & Diving from 1999-2018, coaching notable athletes such as Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel. Prior to taking over the UF program, Troy was the head coach of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL, where he won fifteen boys’ state championships and eleven girls’ state championships.

Coach Troy was the Men’s Head Coach for the 2012 Olympic Games. He also served as the Women's Assistant Coach for the 1996 Olympics, Men’s Head Coach for the 1999 Pan-Am Games, and Men’s Assistant Head Coach for the 2008 Olympics.

2018 Inductee, Kevin Weldon

Weldon has held the position of Head Coach for the Dayton Raiders in Dayton, Ohio, for almost 3 decades. He has coached numerous individual Junior & Senior National Champions, several National Age Group Champions and Record Holders, an American Record Holder, two Olympic Trial Finalists, and a number of Ohio High School Champions and Record Holders. Weldon has also been honored 10 times as the Ohio Senior Coach of the year and was the 2013 NCSA Junior National Coach of the Year.

2018 Inductee, Bill Rose

Retired in 2018 as Head Coach of Mission Viejo Nadadores, Coach Rose was inducted to the ISCA Hall of Fame at the 9th annual coaches clinic. Rose coached multiple Olympic teams and positively influenced thousands of swimmers throughout his career.

2018 Inductee, Mark Bernardino

During his 35-year tenure as head coach, Mark Bernardino led the University of Virginia to 27 ACC Championships, the most of any ACC swimming coach. Bernardino has coached 13 student-athletes to the Olympic level, including 4 Gold medalists. He has also coached athletes who competed in the World University Games, the Pan American Games, the Pan Pacific Games and the World Swimming Championships. Bernardino served as President of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) from 2009-11 and then he  moved to be the Associate Head Coach at the University of South Carolina.