Don Swartz, coach of North Bay Aquatics Masters will be inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame (ASCA). Don not only coached kids and Olympians, he was among the first coaches and clubs in northern California (right along with San Mateo and Rinconada) to create a Masters program at Marin Aquatic Club, back in 1971. Marin Aquatic Club has since evolved into the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters (TAM), coached by Marie McSweeney, who Don hired back in 1975.
Each year, no more than five coaches from across the nation are chosen for this distinction. Don is being recognized for his significant contribution to the sport of swimming, the profession, and the community.
Coach Don is being honored for his work both with the Marin Aquatic Club in the 1970s and his coaching with North Bay Aquatics for the last several years.
Don was also featured in the documentary "Negative Split: The Rick DeMont Story," winner of Best Social Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival and Video Festival Los Angeles, 2009. Don and Rick are known for pioneering the idea of negative split swimming, swimming a faster second half of a race than the first.
What an honor to have Don, a Hall of Fame coach, continue to recognize and coach Masters and share his skills with us. Don is always looking for the best ways to motivate and educate his swimmers. Don also received the Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award from USMS in 2011. The induction ceremony will take place in New Orleans at the ASCA annual convention in September.