JACK CODY (1885-1963), an American swimming coach in Oregon. He coached at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon for more than 30 years, winning 3 national championships and producing 15 Olympic swimmers.
1981 - International Swimming HOF
approx. 9x10 hand signed vintage scrapbook page from the early 1950s (the piece has also been signed by Betty Colvin and Bob Burnside - Los Angeles Athletic Club plus Peter Cole and Joe Marino on verso; Far Western A.A.U. Swimming and Diving Championships program from July 14, 1950 attached)
A Certificate of Authenticity (COA): Available upon request.
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A diver, Cody came to the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1913 and his coaching brought national prominence to Constance Meyer. He was the first coach of Norman Ross, a swimming world record setter and multiple gold medal winner at the 1920 Summer Olympics. In those same Olympics, his diving students Thelma Payne, Hap Kuehn, and Louis Balbach all medaled in diving.
His greatest fame came from 1939 to 1949 with the emergence of a group of his students who came to be known as "Cody's Kids": Nancy Merki, Brenda Helser, Suzanne Zimmerman, Joyce Macrae, and Mary Anne Hansen, who dominated U.S. girls amateur swimming, winning three national Amateur Athletic Union swimming titles (in 1943, 1944, and 1949), 42 individual championships, and 16 relay championships, setting numerous records along the way.
The cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Summer Olympics due to World War II prevented the swimmers from having a chance to appear in the Olympics at their peak of their careers, though Zimmerman and Helser did win medals in the 1948 games.
Cody retired from the MAC in 1949 and moved to Los Angeles, where he continued teaching and coaching. He died in Santa Monica, California on April 11, 1963. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, and the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.