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After graduating from Norrisville High School and a stint in the Army, Dick worked as a precision machinist and started his coaching career at Penn Square Swim Club.  Followed by stops at Norristown YMCA, Mermaid Swim Club, and the Roxborough YMCA he was hired in 1969 as coach at Germantown Academy.  

Over his 45-year tenure at GA, his teams won 2 men’s and 6 women’s National Prep School Championships with a dual meet winning percent of 98% (women) and 82% (men).  During this time, he also coached national power Germantown Academy Aquatic Club which later merged with Foxcatcher Swim Club.

Coach Shoulberg has coached Olympians Maddy Crippen, Dave Wharton, David Berkoff, Sean Killian, Trina Radke, Erika Hansen, Karen LaBerge, Dan Jorgenson, Sue Heon along with several international swimmers. Because of his success, he was appointed an Olympic Coach and Advisor at two Olympic Games.  He has also participated internationally in swimming clinics in Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Russian, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Finland, along with the United States.

Although he chose swim coaching as a career, Shoulberg has noted he was not an exceptional high school swimmer, never broke a standing record, and never swam for a college team. As a Norristown area native, he has lived within a two-mile radius of East Norriton Township in the Philadelphia suburbs his entire life.  Dick and his wife Molly have four children and several grandchildren.

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  • Olympic Coach

  • Germantown Academy Head Coach for 45 years

  • Head Coach Foxcatcher Swim Club

  • GA won 2 men and 6 women's National Prep School Championships

Dick Shoulberg

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