Eddie Reese to Receive ISHOF’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

Eddie Reese
Photo Courtesy: Swimming World Archive

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is proud to announce that it has selected Coach Eddie Reese as this year’s recipient of the ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021. The ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award is an award not given every year, but only when someone is deemed worthy.

The award has only been given out four other times in ISHOF’s history. The ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the lifetime dedication and achievements in the swimming/aquatics community. ISHOF felt that Coach Reese was the perfect selection for our award in 2021, particularly after his recent announcement of his retirement last month, the timing is perfect.

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Eddie Reese & Brendan Hansen. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Coach Reese on Friday, October 8, 2021, during the occasion of the 2021 Honoree Induction and Awards Ceremony Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home of ISHOF. It will be an added bonus that one of Reese’s most prolific swimmers, Brendan Hansen, will be inducted into ISHOF as an Honor Swimmer, this same weekend as well.

Past Recipients of the ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award, include:

  • 2019: Jim Wood
  • 2015: Greta Anderson
  • 2014: John McLaughlin
  • 2008: Bob and Norma Maxwell.

Please plan to attend the ISHOF Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 8, 2021, and celebrate this great honor with Coach Reese. For more information please visit the ISHOF website: https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/international-swimming-hall-of-fame-announces-2020-induction-class-and-annual-ceremony-2/

Or call Meg Keller-Marvin at: 570.594-4367 or e-mail: meg@ishof.org

In addition to the ISHOF and Paragon Awards on Friday, October 8, 2021, The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) will induct it’s prestigious Class of

This year ISHOF will induct thirteen honorees from seven countries; five swimmers, two coaches, one diver, one water polo player, one synchronized swimmer, one open water swimmer, and two contributors.  ISHOF Honoree and Sullivan Award Winner, Debbie Meyer, and double Olympic gold-medalist and everyone’s favorite Olympic swimming broadcaster, Rowdy Gaines will be co-emcees and hosts of the induction on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Brendan Hansen and coach Eddie Reese. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:

In addition to the Class of 2020, two Honorees from the Class of 2019, who were unable to attend last year, will be present to be inducted. Honor Swimmer: Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) and Honor Diver: Li Ting (CHN).

Get more information about this year’s induction class here and more information about Otylia Jedrzejczak and Li Ting.


The Induction Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 8, 2021

Paragon & ISHOF Awards Night

  • 5:30 pm Cocktails
  • 6:30 pm ISHOF and Paragon Awards

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Honoree Induction Day Luncheon – Meet Rowdy Gaines and go on a behind the scenes tour of the Aquatic Complex construction

  • 12-1:30 pm Luncheon

Official 56th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

  • 5:30 pm VIP Reception
  • 6:30 –10:00 pm Induction Ceremony & Dinner

Ticket Information

  • October 8-9th Complete Weekend Package (Includes Paragon/ISHOF Awards Night, Saturday Luncheon, and Induction Ceremony)

ISHOF Members $350

ISHOF Non-Members $425 BEST PRICE!!

  • October 8th Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards Night (Hors D’oeuvres and Open Bar) 5:30 pm

ISHOF Members $75

ISHOF Non-Members $100

  • October 9th Saturday Luncheon 12:00-1:30 pm

ISHOF Members $35

ISHOF Non-Members $50

  • October 9th Induction Ceremony and Dinner5:30 pm

ISHOF Members $275

ISHOF Non-Members $300

10 Person Table $3,500 and $5,000 (Prime location) options

*See all ticket options here.


Host Hotel: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar. Location of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $259 per night

Book your group rate for International Swimming Hall of Fame


Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 per night

Honoree Ceremony October 9, 2021
Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2021
End Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Last Day to Book: Friday, September 15, 2021

Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony October 2021

Questions: contact Meg Keller-Marvin at meg@ishof.org or 570-594-4367

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