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Santa Clara
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SCSC History

Santa Clara Swim Club was founded in 1951 by George Haines, considered one of the best swim coaches in history. There are no awards or honors that the club has not received during its most distinguished history. From World Records, Olympic Champions, World Champions, Sullivan Awards, Male and Female World and U.S. Swimmer of the Year, the list just does not stop.

The yardstick of excellence established at Santa Clara Swim Club is the measure all other clubs face when looking to achieve recognition and greatness.

Santa Clara Swim Club has one of the richest traditions in the history of amateur athletics. Swimmers such as Donna de Varona, Don Schollander, Mark Spitz, Chris Von Saltza, and Pablo Morales have trained and competed for Santa Clara. The club has produced 33 Olympic gold medals, 12 silver, and 9 bronze during its proud history.

From the days of legendary coach George Haines to its current head coach, John Bitter, Santa Clara has remained committed to developing champions not just in the pool but in all walks of life. Discipline, sportsmanship, hard work, and team involvement are stressed throughout the program. Through the dedication of its swimmers, coaches, and parents, Santa Clara Swim Club carries on this tradition, continuing to contribute to the sport of swimming in the United States.

George Haines circa 1967

Scene from the diving towers

The club was founded in 1951 by George Haines, considered by many to be the finest swim coach in the history of the sport. Starting the club with just 13 swimmers at the old Santa Clara High School, Haines coached the club for 23 years, leaving Santa Clara in 1974. During his tenure, SCSC placed 26 swimmers on Olympic teams. Following Haines, Mitch Ivey, a former Olympic medalist and Santa Clara swimmer, took over the helm and steered the club for five years. In 1976, Ivey placed three swimmers on the Olympic team. When Ivey left in 1981, the job of head coach was passed to Don King. During King’s brief stint with the program, many younger swimmers continued to be developed as the club moved forward. In 1985, Jay Fitzgerald was named head coach. In his ten years with the program, the International Invitational regained its stature as one of the finest summer meets in the world. Dick Jochums, a veteran coach with success at all levels, was the head coach from 1996 through 2006.

Today the club is headed by John Bitter. The club goal is to remain a dominant player at the national level of United States Swimming.The club’s home, the Santa Clara International Swim Center, has a history as rich as the club itself. The facility, which has hosted 33 annual International Invitationals, has seen some of the finest athletes in the history of swimming. In competitions at the International Swim Center throughout the years, 22 World records, 333 American records, and 57 foreign national records have been set in the 9-lane, 50 meter pool. The Swim Center has hosted Senior Nationals, Junior Nationals, Western Zone Championships, Far Western Championships, and Master Nationals.

The list of SCSC accomplishments in the past several years includes:

  • 1996 - Summer Men's National Champions/USA Swimming
  • 1996, 1997, 1999 - 3-time Kiputh Award winner/high point USA National Championships
  • 1997 - Summer Combined and Men's National Champions/USA Swimming
  • 1998 - Summer Men's National Champions/USA Swimming
  • 1998 - 1 Gold Medal, World Championships, 200 Breast
  • 1998 - 1 Bronze Medal, World Championships, 100 Breast
  • 1999 - 11 USA National Team members competing abroad
  • 2000 - 1 Bronze Medal, Olympic Games, 200 IM

Statue of Haines overseeing the pool


Coach George Haines, Swim Maestro: A Remembrance
May 1, 2006

By Cecil Colwin

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1. THE World of Swimming is mourning Coach George Frederick Haines, foremost producer of Olympic champions in the history of competitive swimming.

George Haines passed away in his sleep early on the morning of 1st May, 2006, in Carmichael, California, four years after suffering the aftermath of a severe stroke.

Between 1960 to l988, George Haines, coaching maestro of California's
mighty Santa Clara Swim Team, produced a total of 53 Olympic swimmers who won 44 gold medals, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals. Enshrined with Haines in the International Swimming Hall of Fame are fifteen Santa Clara Club swimmers, more than from any other club.

George Haines was three times Head Coach of the United States Olympic swimming team, and served on the support staff of four other Olympic squads. He was Head Coach of the United States team to the World Championships in West Berlin,1978, a team considered the most successful in United States Swimming history in terms of medals won.

Read the complete Obituary by Cecil Colwin here...

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A Tribute to George and SCSC

A wonderful six page feature story on Santa Clara Swim Club and George Haines is now available in the May issue of San Jose Magazine. Copies can be purchased at Borders and Barnes and Noble, or online at www.renaissancepubs.com



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