Yutaka Terao Character in Coaching Award


Yutaka Terao was the first president of the World Swimming Coaches Association.  He cared for athletes, coaches, friends and the sport of swimming in a way that will always be remembered.  This award perpetuates his name and its recipients exemplify his caring attitude.  He died in Fort Lauderdale on May 13, 2001.  This award is presented in his memory to represent the enthusiasm, high spirit, leadership skills, sharing of knowledge and goodwill personified by others in their coaching endeavors.

Presenting the 2004
  Yutaka Terao Award winner...


Holding in high esteem the values of character in family, sport and business and true to Yutaka Terao’s personal commitment to athletes, friends, coaches and the sport of swimming, Paul Blair is a worthy recipient of the Yutaka Terao Award. 

The award is presented annually in honor of Terao, a co-founder and former president of the World Swimming Coaches Association.

As owner and coach of the Arkansas Dolphins, located in Little Rock, Coach Blair has been an inspiration to thousands of kids over the years. He demands discipline, hard work and dedication from his swimmers; he returns love, spirit and one hundred percent effort to them.

Coach Blair’s Arkansas Dolphins were the U.S. Men’s Team National Champions in 1989, and have been perennial Arkansas Age Group Champions, winning almost every title between 1979 and 2004.

Blair has helped his swimmers become U.S. National Champions, Olympic Trial qualifiers and National Age Group record-holders. His swimmers have won a gold medal at the Olympic Games (1996) and silver medals at the Pan American Games (1987) and World Championships (1998). He has had a world ranked swimmer every year since 1983.

As a coach, Paul was the 1993 and 2001 USA National Junior Team head coach and 2001 USA World University coach.

As president of Paul Blair and Associates since 1979, he has been a successful business man and team leader. He has served as vice president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and been an influential member of the USA Olympic International Operations Committee, International Swimming Hall of Fame Congress, USA National Team coaches’ staff, the state of Arkansas Governor’s Council for Sport and Fitness, and the West Little Rock Optimist Club as president and life member.

Coach Blair shares his modest, down-home type of personality with every previous recipient of the Yutaka Terao Award. Sharing his knowledge of swimming with everyone and treating everyone as a personal friend, he is an internationally-respected goodwill ambassador for the sport.

Recently, Coach Blair has been fighting cancer, a battle in which he continually has stayed one step ahead. He has tremendous faith in persevering through this illness, but he also uses his faith in working to help his athletes achieve success. He shares his life with others.

Paul is married to Mary Dawn and is the father of three daughters, Shawna, Marissa and Lindann.

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