1989 Honor Coach
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1956 Women's Coach; PAN AMERICAN GAMES: 1963
Women's Coach; Walter Reed Swim Club Coach 1954-1958; Northern Virginia Aquatic
Club Owner, Founder & Coach; AAU Swim Committee, AAU Finance Committee; Past
Chairman Long Distance Committee & Olympic Committees.
Tinkham's U.S. 1956 Melbourne Olympic Team was the only one ever coached by a 24 year old and it included a preponderance of his own club's swimmers. Though the games were dominated by the host, Australia, Stan's Shelley Mann won the first Olympic butterfly gold medal.
Next, Stan built his own pool, the Northern Virginia Aquatic Club and continued to produce world class swimmers, notably, Robin Johnson, the dominant freestyler of her time.
His tireless enthusiasm and innovative approach to coaching, made him a natural for the vast Washington, D.C. area where he was a founder and first President of the D.C. Coaches Assoc., member at large of the National AAU Swim Committee, Chairman of National Long Distance Swimming and the Vice President of the D.C. Amateur Athletic Union.
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