Richard Shoulberg

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Richard "Dick" Shoulberg is the long-time Head Coach and Aquatics Director at Germantown Academy as well as GAAC (formerly known as Foxcatcher). He is an outspoken and tireless advocate of safety in open water swimming and was the coach of Fran Crippen who died during a FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Dubai.

He has represented the United States as coach in international competitions including the World and Pan Pacific Championships and the Pan American and Olympic Games. Honored as American Swim Coach of the Year by the ASCA in 1982 and 1989, Shoulberg has produced eleven Olympians: Maddy Crippen, Alex Fung, Guy Yimsomruay, Dave Wharton, Dave Berkoff, Sean Killion, Karin LaBerge, Dan Jorgenson, Trina Radke, Erika Hansen and Sue Heon. He has also coached over 150 All Americans and numerous Senior and Junior National champions and finalists. In 2000 he received the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) Hall of Fame Award. In 2011, he was honored with USA Swimming's highest award, the USA Swimming Award.



Professional Awards

Team Awards

Coach of Olympians

Coach of Swimming Record Holders

Under Coach Shoulberg's leadership and training, two of his swimmers have set World Records and over eight swimmers have established American records. Many of the swimmers in his program have set numerous National and High School Records. Since 1969 he has produced over 250 Prep/High School All-American swimming student-athletes both at GA and from area schools.


Additionally, Coach Shoulberg has served on many local swim association committees and national committees since the late 1960s.

Speaking Engagements

Coach Shoulberg has spoken at swim clinics worldwide over the past twelve years, which include the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Guam, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain , Thailand, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.


Coach Shoulberg has contributed a chapter on Individual Medley Training to The SwimCoaching Bible. He has had numerous articles published in the following publications: ASCA Magazine, NISCA Magazine, Swimming Technique, and Swimming World.

Germantown Academy Awards


Lives with his wife in the Philadelphia suburban area where they have four grown children. He was inducted into Montgomery County Hall of Fame in 2003. The January 2007 issue of Swimming World Magazine featured Coach Dick Shoulberg, Germantown Academy’s legendary swimming coach. This profile focuses on the philosophy of a man author John Lohn describes as “one of the elite coaches of the world,” but who four decade of GA students also know as their beloved “Mr. Bonehead.” The article reveals that this coach who produces Olympians, National Champions and High School All Americans still views his most important role as the academy’s aquatic director teaching five classes per day.

"I love coming to work every day, but I wouldn’t call is work. My life has been enriched from being here, I am blessed," Shoulberg is quoted as saying. The coach hopes to instill this same passion in his students. The heavily recruited Olympic hopeful Alicia Aemsigger ’06, who chose Princeton University as much for the proximity to Coach Shoulberg as the academic opportunities, comments in the article that “He cares about us as swimmers, but he cares more about us as people.”

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