January 1, 2006
By Cecil Colwin
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1. THE World of Swimming is mourning Coach George Frederick Haines, foremost producer of Olympic champions in the history of competitive swimming.
George Haines passed away in his sleep early on the morning of May 1, 2006, in Carmichael, California, four years after suffering the aftermath of a severe stroke.
Between 1960 to l988, George Haines, coaching maestro of California's mighty Santa Clara Swim Team, produced a total of 53 Olympic swimmers who won 44 gold medals, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals. Enshrined with Haines in the International Swimming Hall of Fame are fifteen Santa Clara Club swimmers, more than from any other club.
George Haines was three times Head Coach of the United States Olympic swimming team, and served on the support staff of four other Olympic squads. He was Head Coach of the United States team to the World Championships in West Berlin,1978, a team considered the most successful in United States Swimming history in terms of medals won.