The U.S. Masters Swimming Coaches Committee sponsors two awards to honor its coaches each year.

U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year

Since 1986, the U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year award has been presented at the annual meeting to a coach who demonstrates excellence in five areas: club and individual accomplishments, publications, contributions to U.S. Masters Swimming and his or her LMSC, letters of support, and long-term contributions to Masters Swimming.

Nominations for the award are due by July 1. Nominations must be submitted electronically, except under extenuating circumstances. Nominees must be current USMS members. Information on the application and selection process can be found here. Address any other questions to Bob Jennings, USMS Coaches Committee chair.

Previous Recipients
2017 Tim Waud 
2016 Scott C Bay 
2015 Marty Hendrick 
2014 Cokie Lepinski 
2013 Whitney Hedgepeth 
2012 Stuart Kahn 
2011 Chad Durieux 
2010 Bobby Patten 
2009 Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno 
2008 Susan Ingraham 
2007 Kris Houchens 
2006 Sue Welker 
2005 Mark Moore 
2004 Scott Williams 
2003 Bob Bruce 
2002 Jim Montgomery 
2001 Mel Goldstein 
2000 Frank L. Thompson 
1999 Ron Johnson 
1998 Ed Nessel 
1997 Bonnie Adair 
1996 Mo Chambers 
1995 Scott Rabalais 
1994 Todd Samland 
1993 Emmett Hines 
1992 Clay Evans, Gerry Rodrigues 
1991 Judy Bonning 
1990 Michael Collins 
1989 William Tingley 
1988 Keith Bell 
1987 Kerry O'Brien 
1986 Jim Miller 

U.S. Masters Swimming Kerry O'Brien Coaching Award

The Coaches Committee brought a new award to the 2008 annual meeting with the goal of recognizing coaches who are building our membership in communities throughout our country. Originally named the Grass Roots Coaching Award, it has been renamed to honor Coach Kerry O'Brien of Walnut Creek Masters, who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that these coaches bring to the pool deck.

Nominations for the award are due by July 1. Nominations must be submitted electronically, except under extenuating circumstances. Information on the application and selection process can be found here. Nominees must be current USMS members. Address any other questions to Bob Jennings, USMS Coaches Chair.

Previous Recipients

2017

Amy Browning
Jamie Doctor
Bob Goldie
Michael L Hamm
Dean Hawks
Bonnie Karas-Foltz
Robert 'Bo' Martin
Shelly Rawding

2016

Mike Lucero
Doug Fetchen
Linda Irish Bostic
Clay Kolar
Megan Lassen
Chris McPherson
Fred Russell
Patrick Thoreson

2015

Kathy Coffin-Sheard
Victor Hecker
Steve Hennessy
Dave Samuelshon
Doug Springer
Rand Vaillancourt
Joel Wilson

2014

Jenny Birmelin
Noah Birmelin
April Cheadle
David Clark
Richard Garza
Mary Kahn
Steve Lintz
Dirk Marshall
Mary Nygren
Peggy Stringer
Patty Waldron
Lisa Ward

2013

Marcia Benjamin
Sue Berger-Mann
Mary C. Gibson
Doug Green
Donald B. Jackson
Mike Kazek
Greg Orphanides
Jan Peluso
Tom Reudy
Don Swalwell
Kendra Wheeler

2012

Valeriy Boreyko
Tim Edmonds
Gary Henderson
Mark Kutz
Kurt Olson
Laura Schuster
Leslie Scott

2011

Ken DeMont
Rich Axtell
Diane Bartlett
Elmer Egelkraut
Marty Hendrick
Tom Mester
Eric Peterson
Jody Smith
Brian Stack
Dennie Swan-Scott
Don Swartz
Hermine Terhorst

2010

Robert Babiak
Reed Barnitz
Chris Campbell
Suzanne Grebe
Stuart Kahn
Cokie Lepinski
Michael E. Lynch
Wendy Neely
Patti Scott-Baier
Frank "Skip" Thompson

2009

Dyann Charette Dancy
Jay Christiansen
Christopher Colburn
Linda Gilchrist
Dana Kirk

2008

Claire Broussard
Kathryn Gregory
Marilyn Grindrod
Conrad Johnson
Paul Jones
Cynthia Krass
Fred Nelis
Kerry O'Brien
Brandon Vail
Justin Welborn