James Counsilman

James Counsilman

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James Edward Counsilman (or Doc Counsilman (born 28 December 1920 in Birmingham, Alabama – died 4 January 2004 in Bloomington, Indiana) was a renowned Olympic swimming coach from the United States. He is well known for being the head swimming coach Indiana University from 1957-1990. In addition to coaching Indiana University to 20 consecutive Big Ten titles, six consecutive NCAA wins, and 12 national AAU wins, Counsilman’s success extended to the international arena. Doc was head swimming coach of the two most successful USA Olympic men’s swimming teams in 1964 (Tokyo) and 1976 (Montreal). In 1976, the U.S.A. men’s swimming team won 12 of possible 13 gold medals and brought home over two-thirds of all possible medals. He coached many world record holders, Olympic champions and world professional marathon swimming champions, including John Kinsella , James Kegley and David Alleva as well as introduced a number of innovations to the sport of swimming.


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