Ray Bussard

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Ray Bussard
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Bussard Official UT Headshot
Sport(s) College Swimming
Biographical details
Born (1928-08-12)August 12, 1928
Highland County, Virginia, U.S.
Died September 22, 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 82)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

Ray Bussard (born August 12, 1928 in Hot Springs, VA, USA;[1] died September 22, 2010 in Knoxville, TN)[2] was a hall-of-fame and Olympic swimming coach from the United States. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Coach in 1999,[3] and into the American Swimming Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2008[4] He was an assistant coach for the USA's swimming team at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Bussard coached the men's swimming team at the University of Tennessee for 21 season, from 1968-1989.[2] When he began at the school, Tennessee had not competed in swimming at the NCAA level since 1959.[1] While at Tennessee, he was twice named the NCAA's Swimming Coach of the Year (1972 and 1978), and his Volunteers won the NCAA Swimming Championships in 1978.[2]

Bussard served as a coach for the USA at the: 1984 Olympics, and 1979 and 1983 Pan American Games.

In 2000, Bussard was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. [5]


  1. ^ a b Famed swim coach Ray Bussard dies, posted on 2010-09-23 by the Chattanoogan.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  2. ^ a b c Legendary swim coach Bussard dies, published by the University of Tennessee Men's Athletics website (www.utsorts.com) on 2010-09-23; retrieved 2010-09-23.
  3. ^ Bussard's bio from the ISHOF website (www.ishof.org); retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. ^ ASCA Hall of Fame page from the ASCA website (www.swimmingcoach.org); retrieved 2010-09-23.
  5. ^ Passages: Hall of Famer Ray Bussard, 83, posted by Swimming World on 2010-09-23; retrieved 2010-09-23.