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Harvey Humphries, a fixture in the program for more than three decades, was promoted to Senior Associate Head Coach in 2012.
Humphries is entering his 36th year on the Georgia staff and his 42nd year as a member of the program (including four years as a letterman and two years as a graduate assistant).
Humphries is involved in all facets, including concentration with the distance swimmers and heavy involvement in recruiting. Humphries was a nominee for the 2002 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In 2016, he earned the Established Assistant Coach of the Year from CollegeSwimming.com.
Under Humphries since 1989, Georgia boasts 22 NCAA and 57 SEC titles in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle and the 400 individual medley.
Humphries has been chosen as the Georgia Senior Coach of the Year by United States Swimming three times. In 2007, USA Swimming chose Humphries to help coach at the World University Games in Thailand.
Apart from collegiate coaching, the Little Rock, Ark., native has served as a coach for U.S. Swimming (USS) select camps and Zone District camps and is currently on the international trip list as a Level 5 coach for the NCAA and USS. In the spring of 1997, Humphries was assistant women’s coach of the U.S. National Junior Team in Sweden and served as head men’s coach for the U.S. National Junior Team’s fall training camp in Colorado.
Locally, Humphries serves as head coach of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club (ABSC) which has developed some of the top talent in the Southeast. Humphries has served as senior chairman for age-group swimming in Georgia and was the first recipient of the Schluetter Award, given to top national age-group coaches.
Spending his “off time” working for U.S. Swimming, Humphries was the head coach of the National Team Distance Camp in July of 1998 after serving as an assistant coach at the camp in 1995. Humphries also served as an assistant coach for the victorious South squad in the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival. Humphries has given his time to the Paralympic Games, working as a volunteer along with members of ABSC during the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Humphries’ international travels took him to Spain as an assistant coach of the National Junior Team in 1999 and he served as the head men’s coach for the 2002 National Junior Team that competed in Italy.
He was inducted into the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.
Humphries graduated from Georgia in 1980 with a bachelor’s in microbiology. He and his wife Wendy have a son Billy and a daughter Pirie.
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