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March 11, 2008

Dedicated volunteer

The 2008 United States Masters Swimming Code of Regulations and Rules of Competition is dedicated to Steve Schofield (1932-2007). Steve Schofield volunteered countless hours for USMS.  He served on the Long Distance Committee for 19 years, the Coaches Committee for eight years, the Championship Committee for two years, and as the Southwest Zone representative for six years. Steve was a founding member of the Masters Aquatics Coaching Association. He attended every U.S. Aquatics Sports convention from 1983 to 2006. For Steve, teaching was a lifelong passion. He believed that swimming is for everyone and he shared that enthusiasm with the young and old alike. “He has taught me patience when all I could see was hard work and optimism when progress was slow,” said teammate Mary Hull. Swimmers he taught could probably say the same. As a regional meet director for 10 years, he was mentor to many meet hosts. Steve started several swimming programs and helped to build new swim facilities. He owned and operated three pools and taught over 14,000 people at his swim schools. In the 1970s he was instrumental in getting the Los Angeles Unified School District to build a new swimming facility.

Steve is survived by his wife Kathy, his son Chris, daughter Jennifer, stepdaughters Kim and Kristin Kanter and six grandchildren.