|Julian "Tex" Robertson|
April 23, 1909|
|Died||August 27, 2007
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Known for||Inventor of the flip turn
1932 Olympic Water Polo bronze medalist
Julian "Tex" Robertson (April 23, 1909 – August 27, 2007) was an Olympic bronze medalist for the 1932 US Water Polo team and former swimming coach for the University of Texas. He is best known for inventing the flip turn.
Tex Robertson was born April 23, 1909 in Sweetwater, Texas. While young, he learned to swim in a nearby creek and often practice his technique in a horse trough. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a starting varsity swimmer and won the NCAA Big Ten championships. While attending Michigan, he participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics as a member of the US Olympic Water Polo team. The International Swimming Hall of Fame credits Tex with the invention of the flip-turn, a pivotal technique used by all modern swimmers, while he was training Adolph Kiefer for the 1936 Summer Olympics in which Kiefer went on to win a gold medal for the back stroke. In 1935, Tex founded the swimming team at the University of Texas. While he coached from 1935–1950, the University of Texas swim team won every Southwest Conference Swimming Championship.
Robertson founded Camp Longhorn with his wife Pat in 1939 on Inks Lake in Burnet, Texas. He shut the camp down for three years when World War II broke out so he could join the United States Navy, where he trained Underwater Demolition Teams. When he returned, he spent all his time coaching the Texas swimming team and running Camp Longhorn, using his swim athletes as counselors. Robertson continued to run the camp until he died at age 98 and passed the camp down to his children. Today, Camp Longhorn hosts over 4000 campers every summer. Also, Indian Springs was founded in 1975. Pat Robertson visits both during the camp sessions since Tex has died.
- "Biography - Tex Robertson". Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- Johnson, Bill (May 1989). My Memories of Camp Longhorn: 1938 - 1989 (2nd ed.). Wimberley, TX: Sabino Enterprises. p. 14.