1960s Swimmers Reunite with Coach

Swimmers gather with Loyola Hall of Fame Coach for 50th anniversary celebration

By Kenneth Freimuth, '63, Special to Loyola magazine  |  Photo courtesy of Kenneth Freimuth

Front Row, L-R: Al Kubeluis, ’64; Ken Freimuth, ’63; Marty Pilsch, ‘63; Second Row, L-R: Bob St. Ours, ‘67; Bill Klarner, ‘51; Standing, L-R: Bill Bullough, ’66; Paul Palmieri, ‘66; Joe Metz, ’64; Ed Rykowski, ’68; Harry Devlin, ’66; Tom Jeffers, ’64; Jim Burns, ’63; Joe Doyle, ’64; Dave McDonnell, ’63; Scott Klarner (Bill Klarner’s son)

“Time flies!”

“We sure had a great team!”

“Coach looks great!”

These seemed to be the most frequent exclamations when Coach Bill Klarner and some of his 1960s era swimmers gathered April 27 at Klarner’s sailing club on Blackhole Creek in Pasadena, Md.

Coach Bill Klarner speaks to members of the 1963 swim team. (Photo from 1963 Evergreen)

Klarner, ’51, is a Loyola Hall of Fame swimmer/coach who coached the Loyola swimmers and divers from 1951 until 1964.

The gathering was in celebration of 50 years since his Seadogs won their third consecutive Mason-Dixon championship. In all, Klarner won eight Mason-Dixon championships, including ’61, ’62, and ’63.

Tom Jeffers, ’64, Marty Pilsch, ’63, Jim Burns, ’63, and Ken Freimuth, ’63, all swam for Coach Klarner during 1959-63. They joined together again to arrange for the reunion of 14 teammates, their spouses, and Klarner’s family and friends to celebrate shared memories.

To complement the great food and an adult beverage or two were stories of great races, team adventures in places like New York City and Norfolk, Va., and memories of significant people who supported the team, such as Athletic Director Lefty Reitz, Rev. Henry St. C. Lavin, S.J., team priest and No. 1 fan, and Wilson Bean and Bobbie Harmon, Loyola’s athletic trainers during the 1960s.

The consensus? “We need to do this again in 50 years!”

Courtesy of the 1963 Evergreen

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