• Humanitarian
  • 2013

Doc Counsilman, called “world’s most important swimming researcher”..Inter’l Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame, 1976; awarded Gold Medallion, 1990..coach of 15 swimmers also in Hall..in 34 years as IU’s swimming coach (1957-90), combined with Hall of Fame diving coach Hobie Billingsley to win 23 Big Ten titles, including 20 straight (1961-80)..their teams won still-record 6 straight NCAA championships (1969-74); won 140 straight dual meets (1966-79); swimmers broke 52 world records, 154 American records, 106 individal NCAA records..U.S. Olympic coach 1964, 1976..twice U.S. Coach of the Year..author of sport’s worldwide textbook, The Science of Swimming (published 1968, in 20 languages, recognized as swimming’s “Bible”)..at 58 (1979) became oldest person to swim English Channel..also coached Bloomington Swim Club in 1960s, students inlcuded Jennifer Hooker, Olympic medalist; wife Marge was a strong partner in all phases of Doc’s career, typed 3 books, business director of youth camps; beloved surrogate mother to hundreds of Doc’s IU swimmers.