Why Coach Dick Shoulberg Merits Emeritus Honour

As Richard Shoulberg is named Coach Emeritus at Germantown Academy, guest author Chuck Warner considers what that means … “There are men in this world who somehow inspire you to lead yourself to greatness. He is not a mentor or your father, he is not your boss, he is not your coach; he becomes something more than all of that. He helps you become a better individual by taking you through the path that has been tried and true for years. That is Coach Dick Shoulberg.”

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As Richard Shoulberg is named Coach Emeritus at Germantown Academy, guest author Chuck Warner considers what that means … “There are men in this world who somehow inspire you to lead yourself to greatness. He is not a mentor or your father, he is not your boss, he is not your coach; he becomes something more than all of that. He helps you become a better individual by taking you through the path that has been tried and true for years. That is Coach Dick Shoulberg.”

Comments

Cathe

Chuck,
You have hit the nail on the head about your perceptions of Dick Shoulberg! I know, I’m his sister! And I’ve known him for 65 years! There us no one more thoughtful or kind-hearted than Dick! Thanks for writing such a wonderful essay! Merry Christmas!

Craig Lord

🙂 and a Merry Christmas to you to Cathe from all at SwimVortex

Susan Heon-Preston

I am one of the lucky ones. I asked to train with Mr. Shoulberg back in 1982. In 1983 after not making the Pan American Team, I took a year off of college to train with Mr. Shoulberg. I even said I would do anything and not complain. With his support, his guidance, encouragement and of course hours in the pool, I made the 1984 Olympic Team. I call Mr. Shoulberg every year on June 25th since that is the day I made the team. Mr. Shoulberg helped shape me into the person I am today. I am honored to have trained with him and to know him.

Paul Barren

I appreciate the efforts by Dick to promote water polo at GA. He brought in coaches for water polo so that the players learned the skills of the game. Most swim coaches would never think of doing such a thing, but thank God Dick wasn’t one of them. That is one of the reasons why I respect the man.

Joseph L. Johnson

I swam and played water polo under Coach Shoulberg from 1983 to 1987. I too was grateful that he allowed his teams to play water polo. Coach Paul Barren also encouraged me and recommended me to Stanford University where I played. Thanks to both of them!

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