Legendary swimming coach Bob Gillett, one of ISCA’s Hall of Fame Inductees last year, passed away over the weekend at his home in Arizona. Coach Gillett was the ultimate innovator of dolphin kicking underwater on your side like a fish, a technique used by Olympic Champion, Misty Hyman.
Here are some memories from former swimmers, pupils, and colleagues.
Sad day. 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
Probably the most heart breaking news I’ve received in so long. 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 today. 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