Chicago, Il - Fred Evans
Yesterday, I had the privilege to meet with International Swimming Hall of Famer and legend Mr. Fred Evans
. For those of you who don't know, Fred was the NAIA National Champion in Swimming thus being recognized as the First African American National Collegiate Champion. He was also a three time NCAA Division II National Champion in the 100 yard Breaststroke and National Record Holder from 1975, 76, 77, 78.
After his carrer as an athlete he decided to coach in the Chicago area, and has done so for over 25 years. These accomplishments are milestones in their own right but add them all together and you have a true living legend with very few on earth can match....but wait, after you're done with all that math take a second to remember the context and era in which they were accomplished.....ok, now ya know! maybe
I realized just how lucky I was to be in the presence of a remarkable man who set the course and broke barriers. His encouragement and outlook in what the future holds for young swimmers and coaches will be a guiding force for years to come.