Obituaries

Recent

Read more2

Passages: Frank Elm, Former US Olympic, Rutgers Coach Dies at 92

Frank Elm, one of the top coaches in U.S. history has died. He was 92. Born on Oct 30, 1929, Elm was the head coach for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. He also was an assistant coach for the 1968 and 1976 Olympic Games. Elm, who also coached the 1967 U.S. Pan American Games team, and two U.S. National T...

Read more

Passages: Amman Jalmaani, Three-Time Olympian from the Philippines, 72

Passages: Amman Jalmaani, Three-Time Olympian from the Philippines, 72 Amman Jalmaani, a three-time Olympian representing the Philippines, died on Nov. 23. He was 72 years old. A breaststroke specialist, Jalmaani made his Olympic debut just before his 16th birthday at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He ...

Read more

Passages: Swim England Diving Coach David Jenkins, 31

Passages: Swim England Diving Coach David Jenkins, 31 Swim England on Monday announced the death of diving coach David Jenkins over the weekend. Jenkins was just 31 years old. No other details were released, however British swimming, “asked for the privacy of his family, friends and the British Divi...

Read more

Passages: Rich McGeagh, 1964 Olympian and NCAA Champion Dies at 77

Passages: Rich McGeagh, 1964 Olympian and NCAA Champion Dies at 77 Rich McGeagh, a 1964 Olympian and an NCAA swim champion from USC, died on Thursday (Sept. 9) in Hermitage, Tenn., of COVID complications.  He was 77. McGeagh was a 3-time (1964-66) All-American at USC on teams that won the NCAA champ...

Read more

Passages: Long-Time Mercyhurst Water Polo Coach Curtis Robinette, 41

Passages: Long-Time Mercyhurst Water Polo Coach Curtis Robinette, 41 Mercyhurst water polo head coach Curtis Robinette passed away Saturday following a battle with cancer. He was just 41. Robinette was set to enter his 20th season at the helm of the Lakers’ men’s and women’s water polo programs. He’...

Read more1

Passages: Honor Open Water Swimmer Herman Willemse Dies at 87

International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Herman Willemse of the Netherlands passed away July 7, 2021, at the age of 87. Herman Willemse - 2008 Honor Open Water Swimmer Born in Holland, Herman Willemse was always the swimmer to beat, the “rabbit” of the pack and the undisputed world’s greatest mar...

Read more

Passages: Coak Matthews, Former Henderson State Swim Coach, 66

Former Henderson State swimming and diving head coach Coak Matthews passed away on Sunday at age 66. Matthews led the Red Wave for 39 years. He retired from coaching full-time in April. A certified master-level coach by CSCAA, Matthews coached more than 200 All-Americans, including four individual n...

Read more1

Passages: Chad Hundeby, ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer Dies at 50

Chad Hundeby,  2012 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer, died suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2021; He was just 50 years old.  His brother Coleman said he suffered an apparent heart attack. The Open Water and Marathon Swimming community is in shock over the death of Hundeby but he certainly leaves a spect...

Read more

Passages: Lim Heng Chek, First Malaysian Olympic Swimmer, 85

Lim Heng Chek, a pioneering swimmer for Malaysia who was one of the nation’s first two Olympians in 1956, died on May 15. He was 85 years old. Lim, along with Fong Seow Hor, represented what was then the Federation of Malaya at the 1956 Games at the Melbourne Games. (The Federation of Malaya existed...

Read more

Passages: Olympic Silver Medalist Georgy Prokopenko Dies at Age 84

Olympic silver medalist Georgy Prokopenko passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021. He was a two-time Olympian for the Soviet Union at the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games. Prokopenko won the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, finishing behind Australia's Ian O'Brien, who...