Legendary swim coach and International Swimming Hall of Fame member David Robertson died on November 18th, 2019, 3 weeks short of his 94th birthday.
Robertson was the head coach at New Trier High School in suburban Chicago from 1946-1976, and at Waubonsie Valley High School from 1977-1987. In total with the two programs, he won 14 state championships and coached 204 All-Americans. He also served on the United States Swimming Board of Directors and was the president of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches’ Association (NISCA) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame from 1975-1977. His athletes also set 405 National High School Records.
Robertson is considered a pioneer in bringing interval training, now universal in the sport, from running and Roger Bannister (he of the first sub-4-minute mile) to swimming, as well as the taper.
As a student at New Trier High School, the program he would eventually help build into one of the best in history, he was a state champion backstroker. After graduating high school, he entered the Navy V-12 program to become a Naval aviator. World War II ended before he earned his aviation wings.