Olympic Champions Remember Santa Clara’s George Haines

George Haines

FORT LAUDERDALE – Santa Clara’s swimming coach George Haines is remembered by Olympic champions Lynnie Burke and Steve Clark as the greatest coach…a fact supported by the fact that there are more former Santa Clara swimmers in the International Swimming Hall of Fame than from any other club in the world.

Lynn Burke and Steve Clark Remember George Haines

Coach George Haines was the legendary coach for Santa Clara Swim Club. Swimming World obtained photos of the proposed Santa Clara Swim Center, future home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The city of Santa Clara hopes to build a new 3-acre International Swim Center on the other side of Central Park from its current aquatics facility that would eventually house the 7,500-square-foot Hall of Fame.

History of Santa Clara Swim Club

According to Bruce Wigo, Executive Director for the International Hall of Fame, the overarching factors that would make a successful marriage between Santa Clara and ISHOF are definitely in place. The new mecca of Swimming would be Santa Clara.

Centerpiece of the complex would be an Aquatic Theater, where fans would be on top of the action in the pool. Think more of courtside seats at a basketball game, less of the current standard pool setup of the fans being pushed well away from the pool.

Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF
Photo Courtesy: ISHOF