Coach Urbanchek was born August 23, 1936. For many of you, that was lengthy earlier than you got here into this world, and he is nonetheless going stronger than most of us right here at present. That in itself is a Corridor of Fame honor! Coach Urbanchek attended the College of Michigan, the place he was each an All American and member of the 1959 and 1961 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship Staff. After faculty, he had an illustrious profession at Anaheim Excessive College (1963-1978) the place he coached each swimming and water polo. Not solely sufficient teaching two groups and educating full time, he additionally co-founded the Fullerton Aquatic Sports activities Staff (FAST Swimming, Fullerton, California).
In December of 2019, the newly-rebuilt pool at Anaheim Excessive College was formally renamed the John Urbanchek Aquatic Complicated.
After leaving Anaheim Excessive College in 1978, he turned the Head Coach for Lengthy Seashore State, the place he coached the 49er’s Swim Program for 5 years. Coach Urbanchek then began in 1982 the Renaissance of the Michigan Males’s swimming program. Inside 4 years, he received the Huge 10 swim championship after which continued to win one other 9 in a row, establishing a Decade of Dominance. Did I point out to say, throughout that point he additionally received the NCAA Championship and received a complete of 13 Huge 10 Championships throughout his time. He additionally was on the employees of seven Olympic Swimming Groups: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.Two of them had been after he retired.
Upon retiring from Michigan in 2004, he assisted the college membership crew (Membership Wolverine). He was inducted into each the Worldwide Swimming Corridor of Fame 2008 and the Michigan Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2009.
A lot for retirement. In 2018 he turned USA Swimming Nationwide Staff Technical Advisor, which he held till 2020 and received the USA Swimming Award.
To the Man who will NEVER RETIRE, we take nice privilege of honoring you!