Florida Coaching Legend June Woolger Passes Away

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 3

December 24th, 2015 Club, News

June Woolger, a longtime coach in the state of Florida, has passed away. She was 80 years old.

Woolger was a native Canadian and was an accomplished tennis player at the University of Toronto in college, but after her competitive days were done turned her focus to swimming.

After finishing college, Woolger began her coaching career teaching swimming lessons but in 1969 moved to south Florida. She was hired there by International Swimming Hall of Famer Jack Nelson at the Pine Crest School, and the pair together built it into the perennial power that it remains today. Woolger then followed Nelson to the Fort Lauderdale Swim Club in 1975, and Nelson was named the head U.S. women’s coach for the 1976 Olympic Games.

“She takes all swim kids into her arms, her soul, and life,” said Nelson in a Sun-Sentinel article in 1994. “I don’t know if she can swim or not, but I know she’s a fantastic coach and could go teach at any top-notch program in the world. She’s that special.”

In 1986, Woolger formed the Plantation Swim Team, which eventually grew into a huge program of its own with two 50 meter pools in its complex.

After retirement, Woolger volunteered with Sunrise swimming where her daughter Christi, a former All-American at Florida, works.

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Gary T. Butts
6 years ago

A life lived well. One of our greatest coaches of all time and a Mom to hundreds of wonderful swimmers over the years. They don’t make them like June Woolger anymore. RIP Coach.


Reply to  Gary T. Butts
6 years ago

Couldn’t agree more. A wonderful coach and even better person. My condolences to Christi and the family.

Annette Pallowick
6 years ago

I had the opportunity to work with June for 14 years at the Plantation Central Park Pool. We worked together building the complex and the programs into a facility that would serve the needs of the swimming community for all ages. My condolences to the family and to all those who were her swim family.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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