2016 Inductee
Fred Shaw

Fred Shaw

A long- time resident of Woodland Hills, Fred swam for Woodland Hills Taft High School when Taft first opened in 1961. After high school Fred swam at the University of Southern California where he was lucky enough to have teammates who were world record holders, Olympic champions and American record holders.

After a few years in business Fred began graduate school and started working at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.

After fifteen years of creating athletic and recreational programs to benefit the children at the institution, Fred retired and began coaching the men's and women's swim teams at Pierce College until 2011.

Toward the end of his first season (1992) Fred was told that the Pierce Pool would be closed due to budget cuts. Sounding the alarm in the local and swimming communities, Fred, Steve Schofield and other pool users formed “Friends of the Pierce Pool”. This group over the next few years helped the Pierce Administration solve many of the pool's problem issues and raised approximately $300,000.00 in cash, equipment and services.

After the pool was considered safe from closing, Fred turned his attention to coaching and enjoyed many exciting and successful years earning California State Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and 2011.

Fred holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and coached 30 All Americans while at Pierce College.