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Mark E. Schubert

This former Akronite has become one of the foremost swimming coaches in the world, which he proved recently at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Mark Schubert guided the U.S. men's team to seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals, setting two world, five Olympic and four American records. It was the sixth straight Olympics in which he had been a head or assistant swimming coach. Schubert, in his 30th year as a coach, has now placed 27 swimmers, including Lenny Krayzelburg and Lindsay Benko in Sydney, as well as Janet Evans, Mary T. Meager, and Shirley Babashoff, on U.S. Olympic teams that have won 21 gold and seven silver medals and captured five world championships. All told, his swimmers have broken 26 world and 108 American records and have won 190 national titles. Since 1992, Schubert has been head men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Southern California, where he has amassed a combined record of 107-22 (.829 winning percentage), including directing the Trojan women to the 1997 NCAA National Championship. Previously, he had guided the University of Texas women to NCAA titles in 1990 and '91. A 1967 graduate of Akron Firestone High School and a member of its 1966 state championship swimming team, Schubert, after a broken leg ended his swimming career, got into coaching while earning his degree at the University of Kentucky in 1971. He coached swimming at Cuyahoga Falls High School for one season before moving to the Mission Viejo (CA) Swim Club where he directed his swimmers to 44 team titles in 13 years. Included among Schubert's honors are a number of coach of the year awards: NCAA in '90 and '97, PAC-10 in '96 and '97, American Swimming Coaches Association in '97 and '99, U.S. Olympic Committee in '99 and AAU in '75, '76 and '81. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Joke (Yoka), reside in Seal Beach, CA, with their daughters, Tatum and Leigh.

Inducted 2000 | Coach