There will be a memorial service on Friday, Nov. 2, for former Yale swimming coach Philip E. Moriarty, 98, who died of natural causes on Aug. 18 in Mystic, Connecticut.
The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Battell Chapel, corner of College and Elm streets. All are welcome.
Moriarty’s 44-year tenure as a swimming and diving coach at Yale spanned 1932 to 1976. He replaced his mentor and swimming legend Bob Kiphuth (who had a 528-13 record) to become head coach of the Bulldogs in 1959.
Moriarty’s teams went 195-25 over 17 seasons. One of his biggest wins came at Stanford in 1976, the year he retired, while his final meet was a victory over Harvard at the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool in Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
At the helm of the Yale program, Moriarty coached a host of U.S. Olympic standouts, including Don Schollander ’68 (five gold medals, one silver, 1964 and 1968), Steve Clark ’65 (three gold medals, 1960 and 1964 Games), Mike Austin ’64 (gold medal in 1964), John Nelson ’70 (gold, silver, and bronze medals, 1964 and 1968) and Ed Townsend ’64 (1964).
Moriarty coached the 1960 U.S. Diving Team at the Rome Olympics, and in 1965 he coached the U.S. Maccabiah Team in the World Games in Israel. He was honored with election into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980 and the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Moriarty coached and conducted numerous swimming and diving clinics throughout the world.
The Yale coach authored numerous articles and two books on swimming and diving. In addition, he wrote poetry and recently completed his 10th volume. He donated the proceeds from these popular volumes to Yale.
Born April 12, 1914, in New Haven, he was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Brown Moriarty, and is survived by their three children, Philip S. J. Moriarty (and wife, Meredith), Richard J. Moriarty ( and wife, Mary) and Ellen L. Moriarty (and husband, Richard Strompf), as well as seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Donations honoring Moriarty may be made to the Yale Swimming and Diving Association, Box 208216, New Haven, CT, 06520-8216.