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Art Adamson
Art  Adamson

Last College:
Texas A&M

Position:
Coach

Induction Year:
1994


Elected to Hall of Fame: 1994

Club: Illinois Athletic Club

College: Texas A&M University BA, MS

High School: Napier Boys H.S. Napier, New Zealand

Playing Record: H.S. 1923 - 25 College 1936 - 39 Club 1928 - 38

Participation:

  • AAU Sr. National Championship W/P indoor 1928 (silver)
  • AAU Jr. National Championship W/P indoor 1928 (silver)
  • While playing with the IAC was never in a losing Game
  • Chicago AA Water Polo Team with J. Weissmuller 1928
  • NCAA Water Polo Committee
  • Houston Amateur Athletic Association member
  • AAU Gulf Association Swimming Committee
  • NCAA Swimming & W/P Rules Committee
  • AAU National Swimming & Water Polo Committee

Coach:

  • Texas State W/P League Champions in 1942
  • Texas A&M 1935-70
  • AAU Sr. National Championship Team 1939 (Texas A&M)
  • Head Coach of Water Polo & Swimming Team Texas A&M
  • Conducted Summer Program for 366 children in Swim & Water Polo 1940
  • His Water Polo teams won 59, lost 8, & tied 1 during his career
  • His Swimming teams won 95 meets, lost 62

Swimming:

  • Texas State, YMCA & TAAF 100 Freestyle Champion
  • National Champion of New Zealand in the 100 freestyle (57.2 100 yd, 1:04.4 100 mtrs) 1923-25
  • Qualified - Olympic Games in swimming but New Zealand did not send a team 1928, he never competed for the US in Olympic Games as he retained his English Citizenship until 1939
  • AAU Gulf Association (Southern Texas) 50 and 100 yard freestyle Champion 1929-35
  • Pac Coast AAU Championship 400 Freestyle (gold) 1927 representing Olympic Club of San Francisco

Honors:

  • Texas High School Coach of the Year 1942
  • All American honors to 5 of his players - Danny Green, Van Adamson, John Harrington, Dick Hunkler, & Tetsus Okameta
  • The Bee Creek Park - Arthur "Art" Adamson Pool was dedicated at the College Station 1976

Personal:

  • Married 10/19/1928, son, Douglas V. (Van), Grandson, Douglas V. (Doug), and a brother
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