May 31, 2017
Fred R. Lanoue coached the Georgia Tech swimming team from 1936-64.
ATLANTA – Former Georgia Tech swimming coach Fred R. Lanoue, who coached the Yellow Jackets for 27 years, has been named as one of five 2017 inductees into the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame.
Lanoue (Posthumous Inductee) and fellow honorees Dan Laak (Diving), Paige Wilson Penze (Swimming), Elizabeth Hill Newman (Swimming) and Sabir Muhammad (Swimming) will all be inducted on Saturday, August 19, at the Atlantic Athletic Club.
A graduate of Springfield College and a former New England diving champion, Lanoue began working with Tech swimmers in 1936 and became the Yellow Jackets’ full-time head coach in 1938 when the Georgia Tech pool was completed.
Under Lanoue’s guidance, Tech won four Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships in nine years, the first in 1942 and then three in a row in 1948, 1948 and 1950.
Lanoue, who coached the Yellow Jackets for 27 years before stepping down after the 1964 season, was also a professor at Georgia Tech where he developed and taught drownproofing which was a prerequisite to graduate from Georgia Tech up until the summer of 1987.
The water survival technique has been adopted by the US Navy in its training.
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