Bill Sakovich

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Willem D. Sakovich (born in Tacoma, Washington in 1942) is an American coach and the founder of the Saipan Swim Club, together with his wife Jean Sakovich, and the annual Saipan Swim Club’s Ocean Swim around the Tanks.

Education & Organizations

He graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco, California and from UCLA in 1964 (BA in Geography). He served in Peace Corps and US Army and was employed as coach at Waiakea High School and swim instructor at University of Hawaii – Hilo. Lived in Hawaii for 19 years.

Coaching Career

Swim coach for Aloha Aquatics in Hilo (1964, 1972), for swim clubs in Bandung, Indonesia (1964-65) and at Bellevue National Sports Center in Rabat, Morocco (1966-67) while in Peace Corps, Schofield Sharks in Honolulu (1968-69), Waialua Swim Club on Oahu (1969-72), Saipan Swim Club in Micronesia (1974-2004), and Waiakea High School (2004-present). He is assistant coach at Hilo Aquatics (2004 – present), He was co-founder of Waialua Swim Club on Oahu (1969).

Honors

  • Coach of the Year in Saipan (2002)
  • Inducted in Northern Marianas Sports Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Coach of the Year at Waiakea High School (2012)
  • He was on Executive Committee and is current member of Oceania Swimming Association (OSA).
  • He was voted “Father of Swimming” in Micronesia by OSA (2018)
  • He was inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018 in the coaching category.

Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame Induction

Willem D. Sakovich was born (1942) in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from UCLA in 1964 (BA in Geography). He is the coach at Waiakea High School and Assistant Coach at Hilo Aquatics since 2004, and swim instructor at University of Hawaii – Hilo. Sakovich was also the swim coach for Aloha Aquatics in Hilo (1964, 1972), for swim clubs in Bandung, Indonesia (1964-65) and at Bellevue National Sports Center in Rabat, Morocco (1966-67 while in Peace Corps), Schofield Sharks in Honolulu (1968-69), Waialua Swim Club on Oahu (1969-72), and Saipan Swim Club in Micronesia (1974-2004). Sakovich is the co-founder of Waialua Swim Club on Oahu (1969), Coach of the Year in Saipan (2002), in the Northern Marianas Sports Hall of Fame (2003), Coach of the Year at Waiakea High School (2012), was on the Executive Committee and current member of Oceania Swimming Association (OSA), and voted “Father of Swimming” in Micronesia by OSA (2018).

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