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WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACH:
Dawson Resigns To Accept Western Ontario Post
By BILL BULLARD
Rose Mary Dawson, who devel-
oped the best collegiate women's
swimming team in the country at
the University only six years after
she started her coaching career,
will be teaching at Western On-
tario University next fall.
It was a difficult decision for
her to leave the city with which
she and her family have such
close ties. Her father is the late
Matt Mann, an immortal figure in
the world of swimming, who
coached the Wolverines for 30
years, starting in 1924.
Mrs. Dawson's main reason for
leaving is to go to a coaching
position where she can have a
free hand to develop a women's
Varsity swimming team as the cap-
stone of a comprehensive women's
physical education program. Her
goal is to develop a program of
women's athletics where sports for
women become popular at three
levels-physical education, intra-
mural, and varsity.
"The United States will never
beat the Russians at the 1964
Olympics or have a physically
fit nation of women without a
better program of women's ath-
letics in the high schools and
colleges," she contended. "Ama-
teur sports in this country must
be school oriented. Women's sports
must have institutional backing
to be successful just like men's
sports. We need institutionally
supported varsity sports for wo-
men to raise the level of our intra-
mural and physical education pro-
At Western Ontario, Mrs. Daw-
son thinks she will have the op-
portunity to develop such a pro-
gram. She will be in charge of a
five-6ollege intramural system,
will teach physical education ma-
jors, and will coach the varsity
"I'm going to a University where
they want a comprehensive wo-
men's athletic program," she said.
"They have had intercollegiate
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competition for women there for
a long time.
"Western Ontario has excellent
facilities and new ones, including
a 50-meter, outdoor, "Olympic"
pool, are scheduled for completion
within two years."
Mrs. Dawson lists two other
reasons for making the move to
Canada. First, it is much closer
to the two Ontario camps she, her
husband Buck, and Brother Matt
Mann II run in the summer. Sec-
ond, she will be able to teach
both boys and girls on her new
Another consideration is that
she will be receiving three times
the amount of money that she is
now receiving at the University.
When Mrs. Dawson became an
instructor in the women's physical
education department eight years
ago it was after a lifetime of be-
ing connected with swimming and
physical education. Her father
taught her to swim at age three.
She swam her first mile when she
was seven. At the age of 21 she
took over the direction of her
family's girls' camp.
With all this background in the
sport, it is interesting that Mrs.
Dawson did not actually begin to
"coach" girls in improving their
speed at various events until six
years ago. Against her better
judgement, she was persuaded to
start the Ann Arbor Swim Club.
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Women's State AAU Champion-
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