Lessons with the Legends: Glen Hummer Featured in Swimming World Magazine

Glen Hummer - YMCA Coaching Legend

Gone but not forgotten, coaching legend Glen Hummer (1905-92) left an indelible footprint on YMCA and long distance swimming. An exceptional athlete and a Navy veteran, he earned a zoological science degree and football All-America football honors at the University of Illinois.

Read more about coaching legend Glen Hummer and his success on deck by downloading the latest edition of Swimming World Magazine form the Swimming World Vault.

Coach Hummer received a master’s degree in physical education from Columbia. From there, the personable, confirmed bachelor was a high school biology teacher and swim coach at the Huntington (Ind.) YMCA, where he reigned from 1933-77. The Huntington Y became a magnet for northern Indiana swimmers. His teams entered 35 YMCA national championship meets, achieving 10 firsts, nine seconds, five thirds, three fourths, one sixth and seven other finishes.

In the 20 years from 1954 through 1973, his teams never placed lower than third. During the 1960s alone, Huntington YMCA teams won the national title seven times, finished second twice and third once. Huntington squads also won the state title 15 times. In all, he coached 359 state champions, 32 All-Americans and 18 individual national champions. In 1969, he received the first National YMCA Coach of the Year Award.

Glen Hummer Presented an Award

With Hummer’s success came opportunities to serve on a broader stage. In 1970, the AAU selected him as the USA national team coach for clinics and exhibitions in Alaska, Japan, Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii. Subsequently he became a 1971 Pan American and 1972 Olympic Games coach.  In all, he attended four Olympiads from 1960-72. Two of Hummer’s swimmers won Olympic medals: Gary Dilley (silver: 200 back, 1964) and Matt Vogel (gold: 100 butterfly, 4 x 100 medley relay, 1976).

Read more about coaching legend Glen Hummer and his success on deck by downloading the April 2020 edition of Swimming World Magazine form the Swimming World Vault.


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Swimming World Magazine April 2020 Issue

FEATURES

014    2019 TOP 12 WORLD MASTERS SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Dan D’Addona, David Rieder and Taylor Brien

022    FOR LOVE OF THE SPORT
by Andy Ross
There is no denying that Federica Pellegrini is the greatest 200 freestyler in history. What makes her illustrious career so special is her approach to swimming—she’s simply doing what she loves.

024    TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: SWIMMING’S FIRST FEMALE SUPERSTAR
by John Lohn
When the Olympic Games return to Tokyo this summer, one of the highlights will be a swimming schedule that is identical for men and women, the 1500 freestyle added for the ladies and the 800 freestyle added to the program for the gentlemen. But the first four editions of swimming at the Modern Olympics did not feature equality, with women not involved until 1912—at which point Fanny Durack made a major splash.

026    ISHOF: WHEN JAPAN RULED THE POOL
by Bruce Wigo
Japan’s men dominated world swimming in the 1930s, a period known as the Golden Age of Japanese Swimming.

030    THE OLYMPIC EFFECT
by Michael Randazzo
The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has shuffled the deck for the 2020 NCAA women’s water polo season.

032    MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH CLAIRE DONAHUE
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

008    LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: GLEN HUMMER
by Michael J. Stott

012    SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VALUE OF HAND FORCE ANALYSIS: PART I—BUTTERFLY
by Rod Havriluk
While information provided by underwater video alone can be useful, it doesn’t provide a quantitative measure of specific movements. A force analysis gives swimmers and coaches accurate and precise information so they can be absolutely certain of the impact of specific technique elements on performance.

 034    ALL HAIL TO ALMA MATER!
by Michael J. Stott
Alumni support positively affects college swimming and diving teams across the country.

036    SPECIAL SETS: TRANSITION TRAINING
by Michael J. Stott
Frank Busch shares how he trained his NCAA national champion University of Arizona athletes in 2008 between NCAAs to the U.S. Olympic Trials.

042    Q&A WITH COACH MIKE LEONARD
by Michael J. Stott

043    HOW THEY TRAIN LUKE PAXTON AND OWEN TAYLOR
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

011    DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—BREASTSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

039    GOLDMINDS: BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here is a team-based approach to helping swimmers develop the quality of confidence.

045    UP & COMERS: KATIE CROM
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

006    A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
007    BEYOND THE YARDS
038    MOMS AT MEETS
046    GUTTERTALK
047    PARTING SHOT

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