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Tod Boyle

During his seven years as coach, Kent State became THE swimming program in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Golden Flashes, under Boyle's guidance, captured five MAC Swimming Championships between 1973 and '79. Over that seven-year stretch, the Kent mermen compiled a 70-16 record overall and they were 50-4 against MAC teams. Twelve Kent swimmers and five relay teams qualified for the NCAA finals. And as a result of that success, Boyle was rewarded by being voted the MAC Swimming Coach of the Year on five occasions. An Akron native who is a graduate of Akron South High and Ohio U, Boyle previously coached at Cuyahoga Falls High School and at OU. He turned the Tiger Swimmers into a state power, finishing in the top 10 in Ohio each of his four seasons there, including a third-place finish in 1968. In addition, Boyle organized the Water Works swim team in Cuyahoga Falls. One of his pupils, Terry Stoddard, became a top coach of the 1992 U.S Olympic swim team. After leaving Kent Sate in 1979, Boyle returned to high school coaching at Orange High. He has coached 16 All-American swimmers at Orange and has directed the girls cross conference and track teams to conference championships. Boyle recently retired from teaching, but still coaches swimming at Orange.

Inducted 1993 | Swimming