Bob Mattson

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Bob Mattson was an All-American swimmer at North Carolina State and world record holder in college. He coached every Delaware swimmer to make U.S. Olympic swimming teams and nearly two dozen
swimmers who competed in Olympic trials. As swimming coach and founder of the Wilmington Aquatic Club, Bob put Delaware on the national and international swimming map. Among the Olympians coached by
Bob was Dr. David Johnson. Johnson’s brother, University of Delaware Athletic Director Edgar Johnson, also swam for Mattson. Edgar Johnson credits Bob for doing more to promote competitive swimming
than any other person in Delaware. During his Delaware coaching career that spanned five decades, Bob coached hundreds of swimmers who excelled in college and high school competition, including
numerous All-American selections. Jenny Franks set a world record that stood for more than five years and Mary-de Mackie Hand was a four-time All-American and an Olympic Trials participant. Bob
continues to be recognized around the globe as a pioneer in training methods, ideas on stroke mechanics and sports psychology.



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