JIM WOOD INDUCTED INTO INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME
May 21, 2019
JIM WOOD - 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Standing: Stephanie Koziol, Christine Pearson, Trevor Pearson, Greg Eggert, Terry Wood, Bob Wood
Front Row: Maureen Koziol, Julius Carrallo, Towney Brewster
The Awards and Recognition Committee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be Coach Jim Wood. This award is presented by ISHOF for a lifetime of service and outstanding contributions to the world of swimming.
Jim Wood founded a successful swim club team in New Jersey while simultaneously influencing the future of swimming on a global scale. His passion for the sport and his desire to see it expand and grow inspired the entire swimming community for decades. Wood graduated from John Hopkins with an Art and Science degree in 1972 and went on to University of North Carolina grad school. He became UNC’s men and women’s swimming head coach from 1975-1977.
Wood’s first position on the national level came when he was elected as the Chairman of USA Swimming’s Time Standards Committee. He served 12 years (1992-2004) as Chairman of the USA Swimming Olympic International Operations Committee and was a member of USA Swimming delegation at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He was elected as the first ever swim coach to become President of USA Swimming in 2006 and four years later he was elected to serve as President of United States Aquatic Sports.
In 2011 Wood was inducted to the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame and in 2015 he was voted one of the “30 Most Influential People in Swimming Over the Past 30 Years”. 2017 he was elected as one of the ASCA’s Vice Presidents.
At the time of his passing, Jim was Chairman of the USA Swimming Steering Committee, a member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors and a member of the USA Swimming Foundation. On a local level he had previously served as the General Chairman of New Jersey Swimming.
The Berkeley Aquatic Club (BAC) swim school he founded taught over 8,000 school kids how to swim. In 2012 it was reported that BAC competitive swim team had won 57 out of the last 64 state championships. At least 30 BAC swimmers have held first place national rankings and have raced 38 times at U.S. Olympic Trials since 1980. BAC athletes have represented the United States and “medaled” in every major international swimming competition including the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.
At the 2001 FINA World Swimming Championships Jim was on the pool deck in Fukuoka, Japan to watch the USA swim to a third-place finish in the men’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Jim may have been the only one to notice that two men swam in a different order. While this may have escaped everyone else’s attention, he urged the National Team Director to self-report the violation, resulting in the relay team’s disqualification. Jim was a man of integrity and this is but one example of his character.
In 2003 the USA Swimming Award, the organization’s highest honor was presented to Jim in recognition of his contributions to the sport of swimming.