Glen Hummer coached Huntington YMCA swim teams from 1933 to
1977. He had receive many accolades in swimming and some
called him a pioneer of Open Water Swimming. Hummer’s
teams entered thirty-three of the championship meets winning ten
firsts, nine seconds, five thirds, one fifth, two sixths, and five
other places. During the 1960’s the Huntington YMCA teams won
the national title seven times and finished second, twice. Glen won
the first National YMCA Coach of the Year Award in 1969.
As the Huntington YMCA teams racked up wins and honors,
Glen’s reputation as an outstanding swim coach spread. In
1970 the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States honored Hummer
by selecting him to coach the United States National Team for an
extended tour. While on tour he conducted swimming clinics and
exhibitions in Alaska, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
Hummer was nominated for the coaching staff of the U. S. Swim Team
for the 1971 Pan American Games, and in 1972 he was again selected
for the coaching staff of the U. S. Swim Team for the Olympic Games
in Munich. In all, Glen attended four Olympiads: Rome, 1960; Tokyo,
1964; Mexico, 1968; and Munich in 1972. Two of Hummer’s
swimmers went on to win Olympic medals. Gary Dilley earned a silver
medal in the 1964 Tokyo Games, and Matt Vogel won two gold medals
in Montreal in 1976.
Huntington Y teams won twelve national long-distance swimming
championships, with thirty-five of his swimmers becoming National
AAU All-Americans. Glen was elected AAU Long Distance Swimming
Chairman for 1968 and 1969 and was re-appointed for 1975 and 1976.
He rewrote and updated the AAU long distance rules which
contributed to renewed interest in that phase of swimming. Glen was
meet director for six National AAU Senior Long Distance Swimming
Championships held in Huntington and for one in Grove Oklahoma. In
1978 the Glen S. Hummer Award was established and named in
Glen’s honor. The award is presented annually by the Open
Water Swimming Committee to the person or group making the greatest
contribution to open water (long distance) swimming.