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Cyndi Gallagher to Be Inducted Into ASCA Hall of Fame

Jun 14, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The America Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) has announced that longtime UCLA swimming & diving head coach Cyndi Gallagher, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 season following an illustrious 31-year run at the head of the program, will be inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame as one of three members of its 2021 class.

Gallagher, who will be honored alongside club coach Charlie Kennedy and Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze, will be inducted into the ASCA Hall of Fame at an awards dinner on Sept. 16 during the ASCA World Clinic in Orlando, Fla.

The American Swimming Coaches Association recognizes the greatest swimming coaches in the United States. Inductees date back to 1958 and have developed the most accomplished athletes in the sport of swimming. The ASCA Hall of Fame coaches have not only produced world class athletes, but they have contributed to the history and success of American Swimming. They have created programs and methodologies that have elevated the sport of swimming in the United States and around the world.

Since retiring, Gallagher has served as head coach of the DC Trident in the International Swimming League (ISL).

In 31 years as head coach at UCLA (1988-2019), Gallagher posted a career dual meet record of 202-107-2, making her the winningest coach in program history by a large margin. Under Gallagher, the Bruins won a pair of Pac-10 Championships (2001, 2003), finished top-10 at the NCAA Championships nine times, and finished inside the top-15 nationally in 15 different seasons.

Her tenure in Westwood produced 11 Olympians, 21 Pac-10/12 Champions, and 91 All-Americans. A Bruin through and through, Gallagher spent 38 seasons in all at UCLA as a student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach.  

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