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Tuesday, August 27, 1968


Tuesday, August 27, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

S. D
On March 16 the Regents
named track coach Don Canham
to succeed Fritz Crisler as Michi-
a gan's new athletic director. Can-
ham got word of the official an-
nouncement at the NCAA indoor
track meet in Cobo Hall and he
hasn't stopped running since.
Canham officially took office
only Monday, but he's already
made his mark on Michigan ,ath-
O letics. He has innovated a new
sports clinic, giving thousands of
Ann Arbor ,youngsters the free
use of University athletic facil-
ities and free coaching sessions
with five Michigan head coaches.
He has appointed the first Negro
coach to the Michigan athletic
He is presently renovating the
locker rooms and training area


in Yost Field House, complete.
with the plush carpeting modern-
ity of a suburban country club.:
He also is currently remodeling
the basement of the athletic ad-
ministration building to be used
as a new public 'relations center
complete with a special room for
weekly press parties.
In the area of intramurals and
recreation; Canham has already,
begun to act on plans to place
three temporary basketball courts
in Yost Field House for student
and faculty use.
If he can find the money, he
will build a tennis field house,
with five courts for varsity tennis
practice in the afternoon and
portable basketball courts for in-
tramural use at night.
Canham's initial projects show
that he will carry into Michigan

athletics what he has done in pri-
vate life. He has built a one-man
instructional sports film com-
pany into a million dollar cor-
poration which produces play-
ground. and athletic equipment
and teaching aid materials.
Canham has put the company,
Don Canham Enterprises, into a
trust fund, and will no longer have
managerial control of the cor-
poration. He says he has had sev-
eral offers for the company but
no longer is considering selling it.
Canham's -,entrepreneurial skills
served him well when he was
Michigan's track coach for 19
years. He conducted coaching
clinics in such places as Finland,
Africa, Germany, Trinidad, and
Canada. He was a pioneer in the
creation of the United States
Track and Field Federation, the

largest track organization in the
United States, and is permanent
Executive Director of the United
States Track Coaches Association.
Canham has been director of
the NCAA Indoor Track and Field
Championships in Cobo Hall for
the past four years. He has turned
the meet into the most profitable
one in track in 1966 and 1967.
This year, as promotional di-
rector of the Madison Square
Garden Invitationtl Track Meet,
Canham made the show a sell-out,
He says he wants to do the same
thing for Michigan football and
basketball games and has taken
steps to do it.
Besides expanding public rela-
tions facilities in the athletic
department, he has hired two new
publicity men. Will Perry, as-
sistant sports editor of the Grand

new 1
Rapids Press, has replaced re-
cently retiring Les Etter as Sports
Information Director, Larry Zim-
mer, sports director of WAAM, an
Ann Arbor radio station, has en-
tered the newly-created post of
television and radio coordinator
for the athletic department.
Canham says he has "doubled
the promotion" for football games,
sending out 100,000 ticket broch-
ures to high income families in
the Ann Arbor area, along with
spot radio commercials and news-
paper ads.
The response has been a 12 per
cent increase in season ticket pur-
chases and the sell-out of single-
game tickets for the Michigan
State game.
Under the new structure of the
athletic department, Canham will
have two associate athletic direc-

Second again,

'M' tankers plan change

tors under him. One will be in
charge of the men's and women's
physical education program, in-
tramurals and recreation while
the other will cover intercollegiate
"I've narrowed down the field
to three candidates for the recre-
ation associate," Canham said
yesterday. "The problems with in-
tramurals will become urgent
when students return in the fall
so I'll probably make my decision
by the end of August."
Canham is postponing his ap-
pointment for the other position.
"The associate director of inter-
collegiate athletics is a new job
and I won't be able to select a
man to fill it until I've set up his
specific duties," Canham said.
"Another position, administrative
assistant, is also vacant and I
want to get that situation settled
Canham's appointment of 'Ken
track coach was a first for the
Burnley, a Negro, as assistant
athletic department. "I wanted
Ken because he was qualified and
could help us. That's the way I'm
going to make all my appoint-
ments and that's probably the only
reason any black coach would
want to come here," Canhan de-
Canham met with University
President Robben Fleming and
several black students following
last April's lock-in inside the Ad-
ministration Bldg. He also met
privately with two black student
representatives and came to a
"profitable mutual understanding"
with them about the hiring of
black coaches.
The blacks had demanded the
immediate hiring of more black
coaches to the athletic staff.
danham's record as a track
coach has been impressive. In his
19 years as Michigan track coach,
his 'teams have won 12 Big Ten
track championships, indoor and
outdoor, and have placed second
14 times.

Michigan's swim team is the
original "We try harder" gang.
Eight Big Ten meets ago, the
Wolverines, finished second to
Indiana. The next year they, came
back - and finished second again
and each year since.
At the beginning of last season
it looked like, Michigan would have
to try even harder than ever, as
graduation took stalwarts like
Carl Robie and Paul Scheerer, the
National butterfly and breast-
stroke champions respectively.
All together, seven departing
seniors left Coach Gus Stager
with some mammoth gaps to plug,
and only three seniors to head
the '1967 squad.
But the, squad followed in the
footsteps of the seven before it,
and now onl these three will be
missing from this year's team. Be-
sides, an excellent crew of sopho-
mores (they won the Big Ten
Freshman meet) can help furnish
the all-important depth.
One-third of the senior con-
* tingent was represented by diver
and team captain, Fred Brown.
Coach Stager tagged the two A's
of diving as ability and attitude,
adding that Brown was strongest
in the latter.
"A fine competitor, he always
came through in the clutch, Sta-
ger noted, "Take the Nationals for
example." There Brown moved
from eleventh to seventh place in
the three-meter finals; ultimately
assuring the Wolverines of their
hold on sixth place.
Bruce. McManaman and Jay
Meaden may not be able to re--
a place the -captain in Brown, but
they will lead the diving company.
Meaden, a senior this year, placed
eleventh in the Nationals (one

ahead of Brown) on the
meter board.


Diving coach Dick Kimball will
also have two members of the
successful freshman squad, Dick
Rydze and Al Gagnet, and junior
Pete Emonds to work into the
diving act.
The two other departing seniors,
John Salassa and Ken Wiebeck,
deal a double blow to Michigan
strength in the 50 and 100-yard
freestyles, and relay depth.
Their loss is partially counter-
acted, though, by the reappear-
ance of Bob Harmony, a prom-
ising sprinter who missed all of
last season due to illness. Sopho-

more twins Greg and Bob Zann
will bolster these two events (Greg
was Big Ten 50-free frosh cham-
pion), along with junior Bob
But the real nucleus of the
Michigan squad remains intact.,
Stager labels distance freestylers
Mike O'Connor, Gary Kincaid,
and Juan Bello, the "cell around
which the team is built."
In years past, the distance men
have been the team's strongest
swimmers. This year is no excep-
O'Connor, who considers the
200-free a sprint, goes the 500 and
1000. Though sick through the

start of last season, , e was well
enough by the close to clip more
than ten seconds off Carl Ro-
bie's 1000-free record, clocking a
10:23.3 against Ohio State; mind
he finished third in the 500 at
the Big Tens.
While O'Connor sticks to the
freestyle, the mainstay of the
relays, Kincaid and Bello are the
chessmen Stager moves around.
Kincaid best demonstrated his
versatility in the Nationals where
he placed tenth in the 500-free;
eighth in the 400-yard individual
medley, and sixth in the 200-
back (an event he had only one
other chance to swim all season).
He also set a Michigan pool rec-
ord in the 500-free at the Big
Tens, but was judged second.
Bello, an export of Peru, is in
a similar predicament. trying to
decide where to swim, though he
is principally a freestyler, accord-
ing to Stager.
Nonetheless, he was Big Ten
champion in the 100-yard but-
terfly as well as in the..200-free.
His efforts in the latter event be-'
gan auspiciously enough: the first
time he swam the 200 was at Min-
nesota, and he set a pool record
in 1:42.08.
He missed a Big Ten crown in
the 200-yard individual medley,
despite the fact that he sur-
passed Carl Robie's record for the
event. Then in the nationals he
ran into Olympian- Don Schol-
lander and had to settle for sec-
ond in the 200-free.
What Stager hopes for is
enough depth, 'mainly from sopn-
omores Mike Allen and Mike
Casey, so that he can free either
Kincaid or Bello from the dis-
tance events and let them swim
where they can do the most good.

The two events that could use
help are the backstroke and the
individual medley. Bill Dorney
and Tom Mertz, both juniors, ire
the backstroke regulars. Mertz
was converted from freestyle at
the beginning of the season ;3e-
cause of a shortage in the event.
The individual medley can't
even boast a specialist. Dorney,
Bello, and Kincaid all swam it last
year, but the job often falls to
Tom Arusoo, really a butterflyer.
The butterflyers Coach Stager
summed up in two words: "They're
class." The Canadian-born Aru-
soo was third in the Nationals
with teammate Lee Bisbee sev-
enth. They will be joined this sea-
son by sophomore Steve Wazsax.
The breaststroke is beginning to
rebuild its depth after losing
Scheerer. Jay Mahlerdand John
Robertson will be aided by the
Big Ten frosh champion, British
Columbian Bill Mahoney, and
Tom Bates of Detroit.
Prospects for 1968?
Michigan State is still filling
weaknesses, Ohio State has some
good freshmen, and Wisconsin is
improving . . . but Indiana is the
team everyone, including Michi-
gan, is watching.


DON CANHAM, new Michigan Athletic Director, responds to
one of an endless'succession of phone 'calls that require his at-
tention each day. The ex-Wolverine track coach has already
been responsible for the development of plans for improved
intramural and intercollegiate facilities.
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Coach Stager pointed out that,
"Indiana lost heavily, and their
freshmen weren't outstanding,"
but, he continues, "They still have
more strength than we do,"
(mainly in the person of Charlie
Hickcox, triple champion in the
Nationals) .
Michigan is having a harder
time than Avis trying to trade
"We try harder" for "We're No.
One", but this year may get them
a little bit closer.

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