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Peter Daland, 1977 ISHOF Honor Coach

Olympic coach and many championships

Author Unknown | July 19, 2000

Peter Daland (USA) was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Coach in 1977. The following text was included in the program for the induction ceremony of that year:

For the Record: Coached 29 years. 1964 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Coach. 1972 U.S. Men’s Olympic Head Coach. Twentieth year as U.S.C. Trojans head swimming coach. Eight NCAA team titles. Fourteen National AAU Men’s team titles. Graduate of Swarthmore. 1962 A.S.C.A. Coach of the Year. 1976 National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient. Also 1975 recipient of the AAU Swimming Award.

He is the only coach to have won all three major national team championships—eight NCAA, 14 National AAU Men’s, and two National AAU Women’s (LAAC). Specializing in family dynasties, Peter had the good fortune of championship wins from the brothers Devine, Bottoms, Furniss, Orr, and the House brother and sister act. His Trojan teams have won more than 160 dual meets with more than 100 individual titles. As of 1974, Daland's ongoing record boasted 183 individual national champions. Daland began in New York City, graduating from Swarthmore in 1948 and got his first coaching job at Rose Valley, Pa., where he won eight straight Suburban League titles (1947-55). He founded and was first coach of the Philadelphia Suburban Swim Club and served as an assistant to Bob Kiphuth at Yale before deciding to take Horace Greely's advice and head west in 1956 as coach of USC and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. In 1958 he returned to Yale with five USC freshmen and won the National AAU Team Title from the New Haven Swim Club.

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