Coach Budd Termin to Receive Chancellor's Award -- May 11, 2001
BUFFALO, NY., May 11. UNIVERSITY at Buffalo head men's swimming and diving coach Budd Termin has been selected to receive the prestigious State University of
New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The award, instituted in 1977, provides "SUNY-wide recognition for superlative
performance and outstanding achievement by professional service employees."
Termin was nominated to receive the award by Judith Adams-Volpe, Co-Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, for his unique approach to coaching based upon his research on the biomechanics of swimming and the development of a patented training system.
Recipients of the Chancellor's Award must be serving in full-time professional capacities with more than half of their assignment in non-teaching services, and they must have completed at least three years of
continuous full-time professional service in that position. They are described as individuals "who embody SUNY's highest standards and who inspire and serve as role models for the entire university community," and "who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses and
ultimately the State University and in so doing, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence."
Termin undoubtedly fits those descriptions based upon his 14-year history of outstanding athletic and scientific achievements at UB. Termin came to UB in 1987 from the University of Kansas and immediately
began his mission of turning UB's Division III men's swimming and diving program into a successful, respected Division I program. That transition did not take long as the Bulls won the East Coast Conference Championship in their first season of Division I competition in 1991-92, with swimmer Kyle Depold earning East Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year honors. In his 14-year career, Termin has coached six conference Swimmers of the Year and his teams have won seven conference championship titles. Termin has been
recognized with conference Coach of the Year honors on five different occasions, and he has earned the American Swimming Coaches Association's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award three times, most recently in 2000 - the same year he earned his earned his 100th win as head coach at UB.
Termin has coached every swimmer listed in the UB record book, and his swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Trials, the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships and the USA Swimming National Championships.
In addition to success in the pool, Termin's teams have also excelled in the classroom, earning the NCAA All-Academic Team Award for eight consecutive years from 1992-1999. Additionally, in the 1993 fall semester and in the 1995 spring semester, the Bulls posted the highest team grade point average out of all NCAA Division I men's swimming and diving teams.
Termin's unique methods of coaching extend from the pool into the academic realm where he has become an internationally-recognized researcher while working with Dr. David Pendergast, professor of physiology and
biophysics at UB. When Termin arrived at UB, he founded a 60-meter donut-shaped water course in UB's Center for Research in Special Environments. Together, he and Dr. Pendergast test the volume of oxygen swimmers consume (the VO2), which is a measure of their "metabolic horsepower," and then improve the swimmers' VO2 through training in the donut to improve their efficiency and power. Termin and Pendergast also
study swimming techniques related to strokes and pace control, and they argue, their findings were implemented by 2000 US Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman when she upset world-record holder and defending Olympic champion Susie O'Neill and set an Olympic record in the 200 butterfly in Sydney. Termin's and
Pendergast's research has been published in SWIMMING TECHNIQUE as well as in numerous scholarly journals, including the European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, The Journal of Applied Physiology and the Journal of Swimming Research.
In 2000, Termin, Pendergast and John Zaharkin were awarded a US Patent for a pace-light "System and Method for Training a Swimmer." The system involves an underwater pacing light system and computer program that can pace up to 24 swimmers at a time and run training intervals for an entire team. Swimmers using the system are able to alter their mechanics and
immediately determine if the changes affect their speed. A two-year study of freestyle swimmers concluded that those using the system improved twice
as much as those not using the system. The Patent is registered in 26 countries, and the UB Technology Transfer Office is currently negotiating a licensing agreement for the technology.
In addition, Termin was instrumental in convincing UB officials to install an ultraviolet equipment system in UB's Alumni Arena Natatorium to put the University's facility on the cutting edge of water treatment technology. The UV system was donated as a Gift-in-Kind to the University at Buffalo from Wedeco/ Ideal Horizons, a Poultney, Vermont-based company at
the forefront of ultraviolet technology, Environmental Resources Management of Pittsford, New York, the consultant for the project, and Final Filtration, Inc. of Amherst, New York, and installed in the spring of 2000.
UB's Alumni Arena Natatorium is the only pool in the state of New York with an ultraviolet system which, among other benefits, cleans the pool better than chlorine, but without chemicals, and results in cleaner air for UB's swimmers to breathe in as they train and compete, thus impacting their overall metabolic power and swimming performance. "Coach Budd Termin has provided tremendous leadership to our men's
swimming and diving program for the past 14 years," stated Nan Harvey, associate athletic director at UB and Termin's supervisor. "Immediately upon Budd's arrival at UB, it was obvious that he approached coaching not only from a competitive aspect but also very much from a scientific perspective. His methods have achieved outstanding results, bringing numerous honors and accolades to the University both for competitive and scholarly achievements."
Termin's influence can be felt throughout the swimming world, and he is well-respected as evidenced by numerous invitations to speak at national and international conferences and symposiums, including the World Swimming Symposium, held in Finland in 1998 at which he was one of only three Americans invited to speak. Dr. Pendergast points to the "published
observation that (Termin's) swimmers' times improve eight to 10 percent over the swimmers' career, while nationally swimmers improve between one and three percent" as evidence of Termin's success at implementing his research findings to develop his swimmers' capabilities.
In her nomination, Adams-Volpe declared, "Budd Termin not only exceeds all expectations as a coach, mentor, teacher, inventor and researcher, he also has brought the University at Buffalo and SUNY unprecedented prestige and honor in the world of collegiate and Olympic swimming and in the scientific discipline of biophysiology." Harvey echoes those sentiments by saying, "His work has been a true testament to the outstanding achievements possible when one combines
science, technology and sport...he has brought distinction to the University at Buffalo in his laboratory that we call a pool."
Termin and the other recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service will be honored at the Professional Staff Senate luncheon on Wednesday, May 16 at UB's Center for Tomorrow.
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