Bruce Rollins presents Tom Boak with the Jessie Coon Legacy award at Texas A&M July 2016 (Photo Elaine Rollins)
From Bruce Rollins:
In 2006, the South Central Zone created a Volunteer Spirit Award in honor of one of the great ambassadors of Masters Swimming in the world, in the US, in Texas, and importantly in Aggieland! His name was Jesse Coon, and he was the pride of Bryan/College Station. Jesse was a great swimmer and a pioneer setting national and world records as the first person in the 90 year old age group swimming the 200 Free, 200 Butterfly and 400 IM. Some of these are South Central Zone records that stand, even today. But more importantly, he loved our sport, and he loved encouraging others with his swimming and kind words. He worked tirelessly to promote Masters Swimming to help it grow.
This year’s recipient of the Jesse Coon Legacy Award has over 737 Top 10 National Pool rankings, not including relays. - This year’s recipient has over 37 years as a Pool All-American, which means the top time in the US. But more importantly, this year’s recipient is as good a volunteer as a swimmer! - This year’s recipient has served on 11 National USMS Committees. That is roughly over 44 years of service. - This year’s recipient has been awarded the highest honor in USMS Swimming, The Captain Ransom J Arthur Award…not once, but twice…in 1991 and again in 2001. Speaking of twice, this year’s recipient has been inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2012 as a swimmer and will be as a contributor this fall in 2016. Obviously, this person is awesome and not just one person, but two! Please join me in congratulating this year’s Jesse Coon Legacy award winners. Carolyn and Tom Boak from the Woodlands Masters Swim Team.