Reese Pool Dedicated
Episcopal dedicated its 50-meter pool in honor of former swim coach Randy Reese on Saturday, September 30. Upon receiving a bequest from the late Tom Royal ’78, who swam for Randy, a group of swimming alumni launched the effort to name Episcopal’s pool for their beloved coach. Randy Reese was hired to start the swimming program at Episcopal, and within four years, Swimming World magazine named the men’s team as number one in the nation. Reese left Episcopal to head the swimming program at the University of Florida and many of those alumni contributed as well to the pool naming as well. More than 100 of Randy’s former swimmers attended the dedication, among them world record holders, Olympic medalists, world champions and many others whose experience swimming for Randy left a lasting mark on their lives. Tom Royal’s wife, Vera Rechsteiner, also attended. Don St. Denis ’80, Nancy Hogshead-Makar ’80, Allen Poucher ’72, and Greg Anderson ’77 spoke about their experience swimming for Randy before Head of School Adam Greene dedicated the pool. “As Head of School, I am pleased that our pool is named for a coach who challenged his swimmers to find in themselves qualities that they didn’t know existed,” he said. “As we’ve heard today, that discovery has paid dividends ever since.” A dinner at the home of Janet and Howard Hogshead followed the dedication.