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Swimmers salute inspiring coach George French

Original post made on Jul 3, 2013

It's been decades since they were swimming together as kids under the direction of Coach George French, but many of the swimmers on the Ladera Oaks Aquatic Club during the 1960s and '70s reunited Saturday, June 15, to reminisce and thank their childhood coach.

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Posted by Scott Barrett
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

I was too young to remember when I first met Coach French - as he was a family friend of my parents. I was lucky enough to swim for him at Ladera Oaks and Gunn High School.. I always called him "Coach French Sir" in high school - hoping he would reduce my number of penalty laps during Water Polo practice when I wasn't as focused as I should have been..

Mr. French is a great man and I'm glad to have been blessed to have him as a role model in my life.

My best regards to Coach French.

Scott Barrett