Peter Daland (USA)
Honor Coach (1977)
FOR THE RECORD: Coached 29 years; 1964 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Coach; 1972 U.S. Men’s Olympic Head Coach; 20th year as USC Trojans’ head swimming coach; NCAA Team Titles: 8; NATIONAL AAU Men’s Team Titles: 14; 1962 ASCA “Coach of the Year”; 1976 National Collegiate & Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient; 1975 recipient of the AAU Swimming Award.
He is the only coach to have won all three major national team championships — 8 NCAA, 14 National AAU Men’s, and 2 National AAU Women’s (LAAC). Specializing in family dynasties, Peter had the good fortune of championships wins from the brothers Devine, Bottoms, Furniss, Orr, and the House brother and sister act. His Trojan teams have won more than 160 dual meets with more than 100 individual titles. As of 1974, Daland’s ongoing record boasted 183 individual national champions. Daland began in New York City graduating from Swarthmore in 1948 and got his first coaching job at Rose Valley, PA, where he won 8 straight Suburban League titles (1947-55). He founded and was first coach of the Philadelphia Suburban Swim Club and served as an assistant to Bob Kiphuth at Yale before deciding to take Horace Greeley’s advice and head west in 1956 as coach of USC and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. In 1958, he returned to Yale with 5 USC Freshmen and won the National AAU Team Title from the New Haven Swim Club.