Doc and Marge have given of themselves over the past 35 years to the sport of swimming.  Doc retired in 1990 after an unprecedented 33 years as head men's swimming coach for Indiana University.  He guided his teams to 23 Big Ten titles and six straight NCAA titles, in addition to coaching the 1964 and 1976 Men's Olympic Swimming Teams.  Doc is considered a pioneer in swimming disciplines ranging from exercise physiology to pool design.  Through his revolutionary study of biomechanics, he changed how swimming movements are taught.

The Pathfinder Award, presented by Youthlinks Indiana, honors outstanding individuals on the national and state level for their extraordinary contributions to America's youth.  The 1994 Indiana Recipients, Marge and Doc Counsilman, have graciously donated their "Pathfinders Award" of $25,000 to Indiana Swimming.  We are pleased to offer grants from the award to Indiana swimmers.

The award has been established to help defray the cost of training, equipment and travel expenses related to competitions to any swimmer, thirteen years of age or older, who has achieved AAA cuts or better and who qualifies on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be a legal resident of Indiana and a member of Indiana Swimming for at least 2 years.
  2. Must demonstrate Initiative, Commitment, and Potential within the AAA time standard
  3. Must demonstrate financial need

Applicants must be nominated for funding by a person who is affiliated with an Indiana Swimming club. A nominator's signature is required to process the application.  In order to avoid any conflict of interest, members of the Counsilman Grant Committee cannot participate in the evaluation of an athlete they have personally nominated for funding.

Applicants are responsible for contacting the proper athletic organization in order to determine whether receiving a Counsilman Grant will affect their eligibility for competition.  The phone number for the IHSAA is 317.846.6601. 

The number for the NCAA is 317.917.6222.  PLEASE NOTE:  Because of NCAA regulations, athletes currently competing in NCAA events or those who plan to do so in the near future, are not eligible to receive Counsilman Grants.

We will issue up to 3 grants per season and more as the Counsilman Grant Committee deems reasonable.  Each Grant may be as much as, but no more than, $500 per season.  Applicants should be aware that grant support is taxable income.

Grant awards will be made semi-annually to the applicant’s club.  Counsilman Grants are not intended as the sole source of income for the awardee.  Grants are awarded one season at a time.  Therefore, re-application must be made each season.  Previous funding neither increases nor decreases an applicant's chances of funding the following season.  Please submit the application by October 31st for the Winter Season and May 31st for the Summer Season.

For more information and to find a copy of the grant application click on this link:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY:                                                               


Send Application to:
Tony Young
Sport Development Director
Indiana Swimming, Inc.
201 S. Capitol Ave.
Suite 410
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1026
(O) 317-237-5780
(C) 317-441-8323
(F) 317-237-5783