ISU dedicates pool in honor of Coach Paul Selge

April 26 2007

Indiana State University will dedicate the pool in the Health and Human Performance Building in honor of Coach Paul Selge, associate professor emeritus, at a ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 28, in the HHP Building outside the dean's office and north gymnasiums. The public is encouraged to attend this ceremony to honor Coach Selge.

In November, the ISU Board of Trustees recommended that the pool be named in honor of Coach Selge because of the effect he had on athletes and students while working at the university.

Douglas Timmons, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, said Selge "contributed extensively to this institution" while he was a professor of physical education, as well as a coach for swimming and football.

"During his 36 years of service to the university, he influenced thousands of alumni lives and careers," Timmons said in a memo recommending the renaming of the pool.

Coach Selge was the university's head swim coach from 1947 to 1966. During that time, he was named the Swimming Coach of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Conference, and his teams won two Indiana Collegiate Conference Championships. In 1982, he was one of the first members inducted in the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Coach Selge graduated from Indiana State Teachers College with a bachelor's degree in education in 1943. He returned to Indiana State in 1946 after serving in the Navy. He completed his graduate degree in education and was hired immediately as a physical education instructor, assistant football coach and swimming coach.

Recently, more than 100 former athletes and friends of Coach Selge honored him by creating the Paul Selge Endowed Scholarship for a student in physical education, with an emphasis in coaching, and with an interest in aquatics. The scholarship was awarded for the first time in spring 2006.

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CONTACT: Anna C. Berchild, director of development, Indiana State University Foundation, (812) 237-7927 or aberchild@isugw.indstate.edu

WRITER: Megan Anderson, media relations, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790, kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University will dedicate the pool in the Health and Human Performance Building in honor of Coach Paul Selge, associate professor emeritus. Recently, more than 100 former athletes and friends of Coach Selge honored him by creating the Paul Selge Endowed Scholarship for a student in physical education.

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