#30MostSwimfluential: Dale Neuburger


Who is Dale Neuburger?

  • Princeton University, Class of 1971
  • Swam at Princeton for Hall of Fame Honoree Bob Clotworthy and his final year with Bill Farley
  • Manager of IUPUI Natatorium, 1982-1991
  • President of Indiana Sports Corporation, 1993-2005
  • Served as Meet Director for Men’s/Women’s NCAAs several times
  • Meet Director for 1992 Olympic Trials
  • Chairman of the 1996 Olympic Trials Organizing Committee
  • Venue Coordinator for the 1981 and 1982 National Sports Festival
  • Commissioner of Aquatics for the 1987 Pan American Games
  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the FINA World Masters Championships, 1992
  • USA Swimming Board of Directors, 1990-Present
  • USA Swimming Vice President of Board of Directors, 1994-1998
  • USA Swimming President of Board of Directors, 1998- 2002
  • United States Aquatic Sports President, 2002-2006
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board, 2004
  • US Olympic Committee, 1996-2000
  • FINA Vice President, 2000-Present

 How has he influenced the swimming community?

With a resume as extensive as Dale Neuburger’s, it’s hard to question his impact on the swimming community. Neuburger, post-Princeton, accepted his first job at the City of Syracuse School District overseeing aquatic instruction and played a role in building the first Olympic-size swimming pool at a U.S high school. He later moved on to manage IUPUI’s Natatorium, while also serving as part time executive director for College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Neuburger continued to work his way up to executive director of Indiana Sports Corporation, during which he brought three consecutive Olympic Trials (’92,’92,’00) to Indianapolis. In 2000, Neuburger began his tenure as Vice President of Fina, a position he still holds today. Dale Neuburger has served on almost every governing board of aquatic sports in the United States and continues to make contributions to the sport of swimming, as he has done all his life.

“It has been an honor to serve USA Swimming, an organization devoted to athletes reaching their full potential in and out of the pool. And, our sport has benefited greatly from the iconic Speedo brand. I appreciate this recognition from the flagship NGB in the US Olympic family and the innovative swimwear company that has supported athletes and coaches for so many years in achieving their dreams.” – Dale Neuburger


*USA Swimming and Speedo invited the swimming community to help celebrate their 30 years of partnership by voting for the “30 Most Influential People in Swimming Over the Past 30 Years.” Votes were cast through social media with the hashtag #30MostSwimfluential and the final vote came from a panel of 10 judges selected by USA Swimming and Speedo. All 30 nominees have had a powerful impact on the swimming community. Many are recognizable names, but some have remained unsung heroes of the sport. Swimming World will profile each swimfluential person over the course of the week.

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