About Murray Stephens
Award-Winning Swimming Coach
About Murray Stephens
Murray Stephens, retired swimning coach to numerous Olympic and
world competitors, earned a number of accolades for his professional
career accomplishments. A member of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame,
as well as the Loyola Blakefield High School Athletic Hall of Fame, he
earned induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010.
Murray Stephens also received Coach of the Year honors from the United
States Olympic Committee and the American Swimming Coaches Association
(ASCA), in recognition of his success in leading U.S. swimmer Beth
Botsford to gold in the 1996 Olympic Games.
A former vice president of the ASCA, Murray Stephens has played a leading role in the swim coaching community. He has chaired both the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Maryland Swimming LSC (Local Swimming Committee), in addition to leading the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) for a total of 37 years. He founded the club in 1967, and since that time, NBAC athletes have gone on to compete in Olympic trials every four years. Murray Stephens also owns the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Baltimore, which he operated until his retirement in 2008. He now concentrates on real estate property management.
The North Baltimore Aquatic Club: A Legacy of Swimming Success
Murray Stephens founded the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) and coached many swimmers to international success. Since NBAC’s inception in the late 1960s, its swimmers have achieved 37 Olympic medals and 48 world records. During his tenure as NBAC head coach, Murray Stephens developed NBAC into one of the most prestigious and competitive swim clubs in the nation.
Today, NBAC swimmers train at two sites in the Baltimore area and draw top-caliber swimmers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. The club’s training program focuses on developing solid swimming skills, while developing a healthy mind and positive outlook. NBAC provides a series of competitive swim meets, along with team functions and fundraisers to create a cooperative community of parents and athletes.
NBAC swimmers have participated in every U.S. Olympic trials events since 1968. The organization has developed 10 Olympic athletes, who have earned 26 gold medals. In addition, many NBAC team members have earned appointment to competitive swimming programs at prestigious universities.
Swimming Events in the Summer Olympics
Murray Stephens spent more than four decades as the chief executive officer and head coach of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Maryland, an organization he founded. The recipient of a number of accolades and awards, Murray Stephens has coached four Olympic swimmers with a combined five medals.
With the Sochi Winter Olympics now in the past, fans of international athletic competition turn to the summer of 2016 and the summer games in Rio de Janeiro. The summer games are highlighted by a number of swimming disciplines: in total the games will feature 16 unique events in addition to a 10-kilometer open water race.
Though swimming is sometimes regarded as an individual sport, some of the most exciting Olympic memories involve one of the men’s or women’s relay events. Relay races are swum by four racers at distances of 100 meters and 200 meters and include a 4x100-meter medley that requires each swimmer to perform a different stroke during each leg of the race. Each stroke, the backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, is featured at the 100- and 200-meter distances, while freestyle races range from a 50-meter dash to an 800-meter endurance race. The men also compete