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Dick Hannula is a swimming coach in Tacoma, Washington who coached for Tacoma Swim Club, also known as TSC. He was the swimming coach at Lincoln High School from 1952-1959, then coach at Wilson High School from 1959-1983.[1] The Wilson High School swimming pool is named the Dick Hannula Pool in his honor.[2]During his time coaching, his students won 24 consecutive state championships, a total of 323 swim meets with no loss.[3] In 1980, he was chosen as the National High School Swim Coach of the Year, was a 1987 Honor Coach in the International Swimming Hall of Fame,[3] and in 1990 was the commissioner of swimming for the Goodwill Games. A four-term president of the National Swimming Association, he coached the US National Swim Team in 1973, 1975 (in the Pan American Games), 1976, 1978, and 1985. He managed the national swim team in 1979, at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Olympics.[4] A member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Hannula became the assistant coach for The University of Puget Sound's men's and women's swim teams in the 2007-2008 season and coaches for Tacoma Swim Club on a regular basis. He resides in North Tacoma with his wife, Sylvia. He has four children. Hannula is of Finnish and Austrian origin.[5]

Dick Hannula
Medal record
Men's Swimming
Representing the  United States
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1977 Sofia 400m Freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1977 Sofia 4x200m Freestyle

Hannula is the author of Coaching Swimming Successfully. ISBN 0-7360-4519-8.,The Swim Coaching Bible. ISBN 0-7360-3646-6. and [6] The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II. Hannula is the inventor of Han's Paddles, the first "holed" paddles Template:Http://

The gold medals won in 1977 in Sofia were by Dick Hannula Jr. not Dick Hannula Sr.

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  1. ^ "Dick Hannula Bio". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  2. ^ "Dick Hannula Pool (Wilson High School)". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  3. ^ a b "Dick Hannula". International Swimming Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "Dick Hannula, American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  5. ^ Withers, Bud (2006-05-23). "Hannula a maker of swimming champions". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  6. ^ Hannula, Dick (2012). The Swim Coaching Bible, Volume II. Human Kinetics. p. 368. ISBN 9780736094085.