Doug Russell, who won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in the 100 fly (upsetting Mark Spitz), has launched a new swim club in the Austin, Texas area. It is called Trinity Aquatics.
The former World and American record-holder was the head coach of Longhorn Aquatics’ Pflugerville site until this year, when he left to begin Trinity.
The new club gets its name from the union of Mind, Body and Water, according to a press release. “Coach Russell believes that the sport of swimming is an all-encompassing adventure,” the release says, “and that he is coaching the mentality as much as the physicality of swimmers.”
Russell has a long coaching history – he was with well-known Texas club Nitro Swimming before his stint with Longhorn. Prior to that, he coached several high school programs, was the head coach of the University of Texas – Arlington program in the 70s, and started Challenger Aquatics, a club for swimmers with disabilities in Las Vegas.