Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio head coach Steve Nye died on Saturday from pancreatic cancer.
Nye had been the head coach of GCST for the past 41 years. He joined GCST as an assistant coach in 1979. In the spring of 1980, Nye was promoted to head coach after Bruce Barlow retired from the position.
“Steve really understood ‘it takes a village’ and was proud of everyone involved in building this team, including his family, athletes and their families, coaches, officials, volunteers and more,” GCST wrote on social media.
“His leadership, jokes, stories, piercing whistles, creative dryland exercises and, most of all, his words of genuine encouragement will be so dearly missed by all who knew him.”
During his career, Nye was named to the USA Swimming National Team Staff where he coached at the 1990 US Olympic Festival, the 1991 National Junior Team Training Camp, the 1992 National Team at the Quebec Cup, and the 1994 National Team Dual Meet Series.
His team biography states he has been awarded Ohio Swimming’s Senior Coach of the Year over 8 times and he has coached more than 40 U.S. Senior National Qualifiers, 54 Junior National Qualifiers, 20 US Olympic Trial Qualifiers, 20 World ranked swimmers and two Olympians.
Nye was a dual-sport athlete at Denison University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1979. There, Nye accomplished a rare feat: becoming an individual event conference champion and national qualifier in both swimming and diving.
He went to OSU to continue his education in the field of Exercise Physiology, specializing in athletic training and swimming injuries. He obtained a Maste’rs degree and a Doctorate in the field.
Nye is survived by his wife Juli, and his 3 daughters, Lauren and Victoria and Alexandra.