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A Tribute to 'Coach'

Don Megerle, who coached the Tufts swimming team for more than three decades, received the Athletics Department's Distinguished Achievement Award on Oct. 5.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [10.09.07] At an awards ceremony that kicked off Homecoming Weekend 2007, former Tufts swimming coach Don Megerle received the Athletics Department's Distinguished Achievement Award. A seven-time New England or New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, Megerle led the Jumbos from 1971 to 2004.

"In almost 30 years in the competitive sports business, I have never met a person more deserving to be called ‘Coach,'" said Tufts Athletics Director Bill Gehling. "He possesses exceptional leadership skills and instincts, along with an incredible passion for the art of coaching. His commitment to his athletes and to Tufts knows no bounds."


VIDEO COVERAGE:

A Tribute to Don Megerle
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Megerle joins an outstanding list of recipients who have received the Distinguished Achievement Award since its inception in 1987. Tufts has honored sports celebrities such as basketball legend Red Auerbach, football Hall of Famer John Hannah and Olympic medalists Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Nancy Kerrigan and Ben Smith. In recent years, the selection committee has moved towards recognizing recipients more closely connected to Tufts, including award-winning television producers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, both 1986 Tufts graduates.

Since stepping down as swimming coach three years ago, Megerle has taken on a new role at Tufts. He continues to mentor athletes as Director of the President's Marathon Challenge, an annual event that supports health, nutrition and fitness programs at Tufts.

Video production by Steve Eliopoulos (A'89), Gravity Film Video & Digital Media

 

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