The swimming world is mourning the loss of three long-time college coaches. All three died last month, leaving a legacy of successful careers spanning decades.

Former Tulane University swimming head coach Dick Bower passed away at age 83, on Sunday, June 23, 2013. According to reports, he suffered a heart attack earlier in the month and was never able to recover from a subsequent stroke. He died at the Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Read More

Pete Accardy, former coach of the Cal State University – Northridge program reportedly lost his battle with cancer on June 13. According to Swim Swam, “Accardy led CSUN’s women’s team to NCAA Championships in 1982, 1987, 1988, and 1989, and the men’s teams to a total of 9 in his career and for his efforts was named the NCAA Division II co-coach of the decade. In total, Accardy has 13 NCAA team titles – which is a record.” Read More

Also in June, Grinnell College’s Ray Obermiller passed away. Swim Swam reports, Obermiller coached for nearly 30 years at the Grinnell, Ia., school. Grinnell College has a Division III program Iowa school. Read More