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Glen Hummer


Glen Hummer coached Huntington YMCA swim teams from 1933 to 1977 and was known as the pioneer of Open Water Swimming.  Hummer’s teams entered 33 of the championship meets winning 10 firsts, nine seconds, five thirds, one fifth, two sixths, and five other places.

During the 1960s the Huntington YMCA teams won the national title seven times and finished second twice. Hummer won the first National YMCA Coach of the Year Award in 1969. In 1970 the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States honored Hummer by selecting him to coach the United States National Team for an extended tour. While on tour he conducted swimming clinics and exhibitions in Alaska, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Hummer was nominated for the coaching staff of the U. S. Swim Team for the 1971 Pan American Games, and in 1972 he was again selected for the coaching staff of the U. S. Swim Team for the Olympic Games in Munich. In all, Hummer attended four Olympic games: Rome, 1960; Tokyo, 1964; Mexico, 1968; and Munich in 1972.

Two of Hummer’s swimmers went on to win Olympic medals. Gary Dilley earned a silver medal in the 1964 Tokyo Games, and Matt Vogel won two gold medals in Montreal in 1976.  Huntington YMCA teams won 12 national long-distance swimming championships, with thirty-five of his swimmers becoming National AAU All-Americans. Hummer was elected AAU Long Distance Swimming Chairman for 1968 and 1969 and was re-appointed for 1975 and 1976.

He rewrote and updated the AAU long distance rules which contributed to renewed interest in that phase of swimming. He was meet director for six National AAU Senior Long Distance Swimming Championships held in Huntington and for one in Grove, Oklahoma. In 1978 the Glen S. Hummer Award was established and named in his honor. The award is presented annually by the Open Water Swimming Committee to the person or group making the greatest contribution to open water (long distance) swimming.

Hummer died November 3, 1992.

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