Egan Family Endows Men's Swimming and Diving Head Coaching Position

Egan Family Endows Men's Swimming and Diving Head Coaching Position

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to the generous support of the Egan Family, Harvard is pleased to announce the establishment of its 13th endowed position, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving.

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Charles J. Egan, Jr. '54,  or Charlie, as he is known by his friends and family, and his son, Peter '86, both served as captains for the men's swimming and diving team during their senior season. The Egans are one of only two father-son teams to have captained the men's swim team.  Charlie has continued to be involved with the swimming program since his graduation and has often traveled from his home in Kansas City, Kan., to meets across the country to show support.

The Egan family has endowed the position in honor of the first two men's swimming and diving coaches at Harvard, Harold S. Ulen and William J. Brooks. Ulen spent 27 seasons as head coach of the Crimson from 1930-59, posting an overall record of 239-47 while going 106-31 against Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League competition. Ulen guided Harvard to EISL Championships in 1937 and 1938, and a third-place finish at the 1938 NCAA Championships. Sixty-four student-athletes earned All-America accolades and four swimmers combined for six national championships under his tutelage.

Brooks took over in 1959 following Ulen's retirement and spent the next 12 seasons as Harvard's head coach. He guided the Crimson to an 87-34 overall mark, including a 61-33 record in the EISL, and in 1961-62 led Harvard to its first-ever Ivy League Championship. A total of 54 Crimson garnered All-Ivy honors and six earned All-America honors during his tenure.

"I would like to thank Charlie and Peter for their generous gift to Harvard," The Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise said. "They both learned valuable lessons while participating on the swim team and wanted to ensure that future generations have that same experience."

Egan has been a member of the Harvard swimming and diving family since 1950 and earned three  Major H's as a member of the varsity team. As a sophomore he set the program record in the 150 yard IM with a time of 1:48.8, only to see that time bested two weeks later. He qualified for the 1953 NCAA Championships as a junior where he placed 23rd in the 150 yard IM, and was also a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay team which placed third at that year's EISL Championships. Egan captained the 1953-54 squad as a senior, and earned his second trip to the NCAA Championships while leading the Crimson to a 9-1 overall record and 6-1 mark in the EISL.

At Harvard, Charlie has volunteered as a member of the Committee on University Resources since 1986, is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Boston and New York Major Gifts Committees, the Harvard College Fund Council, the FAS Task Force for Undergraduate Experience, and is an Honorary Director of the HAA Board.  Additionally, Charlie is a past president of the Harvard Club of Kansas City, recently completed a three-year term as co-chair of the Harvard College Fund Council, and served as co-chair for his 50th Reunion.

Peter was also a member of Harvard's swimming and diving team and captained the 1985-86 squad which won the EISL Championship and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships. Peter earned All-America honors in 1986 in the 200 yard butterfly and was a six-time EISL champion.

Tim D. Murphy, who is in his 14th season as head coach of Harvard men's swimming and diving, will have the honor of serving as the first Ulen-Brooks Head Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving. Murphy led the Crimson to six Ivy League Championships and a 107-9 record in his first 13 seasons. His student-athletes have garnered All-America honors in 22 individual events and four relays. He has been appointed as the head Olympic coach for the men's open water team for the 2012 Olympic Games, where he will coach 2010 Harvard graduate Alex Meyer, USA Swimming's 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

"When I was hired 14 years ago, Charlie called me and welcomed me into the Harvard family," Murphy said. "Charlie and the entire Egan family mean a great deal to the Harvard swimming community and very proud to be the first person to hold the position they have endowed."

Current Harvard Athletics Endowments (13)
Listed alphabetically by sport

The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 MBA '71 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball
The Thomes Bolles Endowment for Men's Heavyweight Crew
The Thomas Stephenson '64 MBA '66 Family Head Coach for Harvard Football
The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey
The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse
The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer
The Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University
The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving
The Costin Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving
The Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis
The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling
The Nichols Family Director of Harvard Athletics