|A History of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America|
FOUNDED in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (CSCAA), is the oldest coaches association in the United States of America.
In 1933, the CSCAA initiated the College Swim Coaches Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Coaches and athletes met during their Winter Break to train and exchange ideas and techniques. The Forum will celebrate 75 continuous years in December 2008.
The “Spring Break” phenomenon, as it is known today, grew directly as a result of the Forum. After the NCAA swimming season ended, the athletes returned to Ft. Lauderdale with their friends during their spring break. The phenomenon – a direct cponsequence of the Forum’s growth in popularity – grew quickly into the college rite of passage we know today.
Initially, the College Coaches Forum organized and directed the national collegiate championships, developed rules and eventually became an integral part of the administration of college competition.
In 1964, the College Coaches Forum decided that swimming needed a shrine to honor the greatest athletes and coaches in the aquatic sports. A committee was established and that very year the Swimming Hall of Fame was established under the leadership of Buck Dawson, the Hall’s first Executive Director.
In 1968, the international governing body for aquatic sports, FINA – Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur – authorized the Swimming Hall of Fame to become the official International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).
Sixteen years later, the Women’s Swim Coaches Association of America merged with the CSCAA to complete the formation of the CSCAA’s modern structure.
In 1995, the CSCAA began a certification program for college swimming officials. That program eventually gave birth to the College Swimming Officials Association (CSOA), which remained a part of the CSCAA until 2008, when it was granted its independence.
Presently, the CSCAA boasts more than 2,000 member coaches and assistant coaches, recognizes All-American swimmers, NCAA record-breakers and Academic All-American swimmers and teams as well as outstanding coaches and contributors, and helps oversee the welfare of collegiate swimming.
In the past two years, under the leadership of Executive Director Phil Whitten and President George Kennedy, the CSCAA has launched an unprecedented alliance with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), USA Swimming and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) along with coaching associations for other sports; initiated an innovative mentorship program, as well as courses for coach and athlete education; and taken a proactive stance in PP&E – Preserving, Protecting and Expanding intercollegiate swimming.