Alabama Swimming and Diving Legends Don Gambril & Christine Jarvis Take CSCAA Centennial Honors


TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – University of Alabama coaching legend Don Gambril and first women’s program member to win national titles Christine Jarvis honored as part of College Swimming & Diving Coaches’ centennial celebration Association of America (CSCAA).

The CSCAA has named the Top 100 Swimming and Diving Coaches and University Swimmers and Divers for the past 100 years, with Gambril earning a spot on the Coaches List and Jarvis making it to the Top 100 Female Swimmers and Divers. A blue ribbon of more than fifty voters made the selections.

“We are delighted that Coach Gambril and Christine have been honored among the best in the history of college swimming and diving. It would be nearly impossible to list everything Coach Gambril has meant for swimming and the dive from Crimson Tide, leading Alabama and Team USA to national and international greatness. Christine was the original legend of our women’s program as the first national champion in track and field history women in Alabama, totaling five breaststroke titles over a two-year span.

Don gambril

  • Don Gambril led the Alabama men from 1974 to 1990 and the combined men and women program from 1980 to 1990, totaling 350 victories during his career as a college head coach.
  • He became one of the first NCAA Division I head coaches to lead a men’s and women’s team to 100 or more wins in double competition.
  • Led Alabama to Southeastern Conference tag team titles, men – 1982 and 1987; women – 1985
  • His Crimson Tide teams have won 16 NCAA top-10s
  • Gambril student-athletes have won seven individual NCAA titles
  • Has coached Alabama student-athletes to world, national and conference records and championships, as well as countless All-American and All-SEC accolades
  • A regular on Team USA’s coaching staff, Gambril served as the head coach of the highly successful 1984 US Olympic team as well as the 1991 world championship team.

Christine jarvis

  • The first individual national champion in all sports in the history of women’s track and field at the University of Alabama, Christine Jarvis still has the most individual national titles in Crimson Tide history, male or female, with five
  • Jarvis won the AIAW 100 and 200 breaststroke championships in 1976 and 1977 and the 50 breaststroke title in 1977
  • Set the 1976 US Open record in the 100-meter breaststroke
  • AIAW record holder in the 200 breaststroke (2: 18.79)
  • US Open and AIAW record holder in the 100 breaststroke (1: 04.56)

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is the premier national organization of college coaches. The mission of the CSCAA is to advance the sport of swimming and diving with coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development.

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