Swimmings Second Coach, Tom Haynie, Passes Away

June 2, 2010

MORRO BAY, Calif.-- Stanford Swimming's second swim coach, Tom Haynie, who coached the Indians from 1947 to 1960, winning 11 conference titles in 13 years, passed away at a care facility in Santa Barbara last weekend. He was 94 years old.

“There have only been four coaches in Stanford history and he was great to me,” said Stanford's third swim coach, Jim Gaughran, who swam for Stanford in the 1950s. “He was the kind of coach who cared for his swimmers, and we all remain friends today. He was a great influence on all of us and we will miss him.”

Haynie took over for Ernie Brandsten who coached Stanford from 1916 to 1947. Following Haynie, Gaughran coached from 1960 to 1979 until current coach Skip Kenny took over the program in 1980.

Haynie coached 100 freestyle world record holder Robin Moore and Olympians George Harrison and Paul Hait during his time on the farm, compiling a 84-9 (.903) dual record. In seven seasons the Indians finished sixth or better at the NCAA meet. He also coached Robert Anderson, Robin Moore, Ralph Sala and Tom Peterson.

Haynie was a former NCAA Champion from Michigan. He won NCAA titles in the 220-yard and 440-yard freestyle events in 1937 and 1939 and was a part of NCAA champion 400-yard relay teams from 1937 to 1939. In each of those seasons the Wolverines won a national championship.

Haynie is survived by his wife of over six decades, who he met at Stanford, Sherryi. Sherryi remains in Morro Bay and can be contacted at: 550 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-771-8088.

Gaughran talked to Swimming World Magazine about his coach and said the following:

“ Larry Heim, Doug Ackerman and I went down to Morro Bay and had a nice visit with Tom's wife, Sherryi last week. She was in good spirits, as always, although she had just broken her arm. She has a very nice gal taking care of her needs daily, and I'm sure her daughters will be trying to keep up with her in the coming months. Larry, Doug, Peter and I have all visited with Tom in the past few months, and although his memory was fading, he was still his great upbeat self. Still dancing and playing his harmonica, and never forgiving Peter Daland for taking Murray Rose away from him (from USC).”