Leo Cancellare


A graduate of Irvin High School, Cancellare swam at Midland College and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was the head coach of the El Paso Aqua Posse from 1979-1999, and was a dynamic force in West Texas swimming. More than 80 of his swimmers attended college on swimming scholarships, and his coaching produced 79 high school all-Americans and five Olympic team members... [Full Bio]


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Joy Cushman

Considered the 'pioneer of synchronized swimming in Texas', Joy voluntarily coached the Shamrock Hilton Corkettes for more than 30 years. She was involved on the national and international synchronized swimming scenes for more than 60 years and served as chief official at numerous international championships, including six Olympic games, 11 Pan American games and four world championships. [Full Bio]


Don Easterling


Easterling coached the Fort Worth Panther Boy’s Club and Burford Aquatic Club from 1952-70. He coached the University of Texas at Arlington to national prominence from 1966-70, with his 1969 team finishing second at the NCAA Championships. In 1968 he had four swimmers make the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials, where two of them, Doug Russell and Ronnie Mills, made the U.S. team. He later served 27 years as the head coach at North Carolina State. [Full Bio]



Danny Green

As a youngster, this Dallas native was a great freestyler under Coach Wally Hoffrichter, where he won numerous state AAU titles. He attended Texas A&M where he was a SWC Champion and an NCAA All-American. He dropped out of A&M to serve in WWII in the U.S. Navy. Following the war he returned to A&M where he again won SWC swimming titles and all-American honors. He was a finalist for the 1943 Sullivan Award. [Full Bio]

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Phil Hansel

Coach Phil Hansel was a longtime promoter of Houston swimming at the Shamrock Swim Club and the University of Houston swimming and diving program. He served as a coach or manager on two Olympic teams and is the founder of the American Swim Coaches Association... [Full Bio]


Graham Johnston

A native of South Africa, Johnston competed in the 1952 Olympics and was a three-time all-American for the University of Oklahoma. He has called Houston home since 1962 where he pioneered Masters swimming in Texas. Since 1971 he has set 124 Masters national records and 81 Masters world records... [Full Bio]


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George McMillion


George was an SMU team captain, all-American and SWC record holder. He worked as an SMU assistant coach for 14 years and head coach for 17 years. He coached 78 all-Americans, 15 NCAA champions and four Olympic medalists. He was a U.S. National Team coach in 1978, 1982 and 1983... [Full Bio]


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Ric Nesbit

A native of Dallas, Nesbit set a national age group record at age 10 and an American record as a sophomore at Highland Park High School and led the school to three state titles. He was the first Texan to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in under one minute. At A&M and UT Arlington he was a 10-time all-American, 7-time NCAA champion, and he set three NCAA records... [Full Bio]



Jane Kneip Patterson

Jane was a pioneer of women’s aquatics and was the first Texas female to wear a tank suit. Undefeated from 1947-1955, she held every major state record when she retired. Jane married fellow inductee Pat Patterson and became an assistant or club coach at every stop. She taught physical education and coached in Texas public schools for 27 years. [Full Bio]

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Melvin Pat Patterson


The University of Texas team captain in 1955, Patterson came to UT with no previous competitive experience and became the first Longhorn to break 50 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. He started the Spring Branch ISD swim programs and led Memorial High School to several state championships. He worked as the head coach for Texas A&M, Rice, Arkansas and UT, and coached Dad’s Club to national prominence in the late '50s... [Full Bio]



Richard Quick

Quick was a great Texas age group, high school and collegiate swimmer, as well as a successful coach at every level. He coached Memorial High School to six straight state titles, mentored thousands as head coach of the Dad’s Club, and started the SMU women’s team. He was head coach at Iowa State, Auburn, Texas and Stanford, winning 12 NCAA team titles, including five straight with the Longhorns... [Full Bio]


Kuni Schultz

Born and raised in Germany during WWII, Schultz competed in diving for many years, eventually representing Germany in the 1952 Olympics. She married and immigrated to the United States in 1957 where she became the executive director of the Dad's Club and coached diving for 30 years. She became a force in Texas and U.S. diving as a fierce promoter of age group diving and the development of youth programs... [Full Bio]


Bobby Taylor


Taylor grew up in Dallas swimming for the Dallas Athletic Club and Highland Park High School. As a swimmer at Texas A&M, he won every event he entered at the 1942 and 1943 SWC meets. He held the SWC 220-yard freestyle record from 1943-1953... [Full Bio]


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Bud Dallmann

Born in Two Rivers, Wis., Dallmann moved to New Braunfels in 1945 and in 1960 formed the New Braunfels Aquatic Club. He has worked as a volunteer coach in the area for more than 50 years and almost as long as an official at local, state, national and international levels. Dallmann introduced automatic timing to Texas and to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation and he originated, organized, and staged the first major coaching clinic in Texas at Trinity University... [Full Bio]