Frank Erwin Awards

[If you know of someone you feel is deserving of the Frank Erwin Award, a nomination form can be downloaded here.]

In 1975 Tex Robertson created the Frank Erwin Award to signify outstanding individual achievement and contribution to Longhorn swimming and diving. The first recipient was, of course, Frank Erwin himself.

Frank Erwin was born in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1920. He enrolled in UT the same year that Tex Robertson became the Longhorn swimming coach, 1937. They then both joined the Navy in 1942, interrupting their respective education and coaching careers, to serve in World War II. Erwin returned to UT to earn his law degree in 1948.

Although politics was important to his life, Erwin’s foremost passion was the University of Texas. From 1963 to 1975 he sat on the UT Board of Regents; he was chairman from 1966-1971. His strong leadership and great accomplishments in every corner of the campus made his contribution to swimming just one of many good deeds at UT.

As president of the Longhorn Club, Erwin gave swimming’s very first scholarship to Skippy Browning after he was denied an athletic scholarship. He was instrumental in the hiring of Pat Patterson and was the force behind the building of the world’s finest swimming and diving facility. To top it all, he used his influence to get UT to go along with Patterson’s recommendation to obtain super coaches Paul Bergen and Eddie Reese and to get the athletics department to fully fund both programs.

Any swimmer or diver to ever wet a foot in the Texas Swimming Center should remember this man and his contribution to the nation’s best collegiate swim programs.

Frank Erwin Award Recipients

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YearRecipients       
2016
Nancy Marter Carter

Melanie Hauser

Tim Carter

Aaron Piersol

Brandon Gardner
2015
Ian Crocker

Brendan Hansen

Jodi Wilson Kuhn

Charles Logan

Emily Sullivan Lyden

Tobie Smith
2014
Lydia Morrow Chase

Jeanne Doolan Cunningham

Tommy Hannan

Chris Plonsky

Will Reeves

Vanessa Richey Said

Matt Ulrickson
2013
Jodi Else Horvath

Scott Goldblatt

Mary Juarez

Ricky May

Jim Spillane

Sherry Wigginton Beall
2012
Troy Dumais

Lee Jamieson

Colleen Lanne Cox

Sheila Rice

Leroy Sutherland

Jenni Wagner Stark
2011
Sam Kendricks

Laura Wilkinson

Jaime Rauch

Vera Ilyina

Carlos Arena

Nate Dusing
2010
Jim Henry

Christian Styren

April Kubik

Jeff Thibault

Terrianne McGuirk Kingsburry

Jon Vegard
2009
Doug Gjertsen

Matt Stahlman

Chuck and Sherel Knesel

Dorsey Tierney-Walker

Jerry Olson
2008
Dee Hollar

Lisa Kelsey Shepard

Neil Walker

Becca Culver Scoggin

Stuart Smith
2007
M.F. Johnson

BJ Bedford

Robin Carter

Sharon Smith-Nunez

Eric Finical

Sam Sparks
2006
Katy Arris Wilson

Fred Machell

Chris Jacobs

Louis Manganello

John Kenny

Pat Robertson
2005
Erin Bieter Hodge

Andrea Hayes Dickson

Adam Werth

Lee Ann Fetter-Witt

John Henry

Andy Gill

Carl Quaintance
2004
Hans Dersch

Kirk Stackle

Kelly Jenkins Madden

Tracey McFarlane Mirande

Haila Kauffman
2003
Kenny Armstrong

Doug Dickinson

Patty Overmeyer Armstrong

Nathan Breazeale

John Maher

Charlie Craven

Phillip Nenon
2002
Brian Cisna

David McWilliams

John C. Smith

Ted Doyle

Elinor Reese

Greg Thompson

Whitney Hedgepeth

Jason Rhodes
2001
Doug Elenz

Shaun Jordan

Bobby Brodnax

Guy Hagstette

Spencer Martin

Josh Davis

Suzanne Halliburton

Patty Sabo
2000
Jim Boon

Betsy Mitchell

Don Watson

Jann Girard

Bill Robertson

David Young

Robert McLellan

Dotson Smith
1999
Beery Boggs Sullivan

Bill Little

Roger Tolar

Tiffany Cohan Adams

Debbie Reisen Hurwitz

Peyton Townsend

Diane Girard Johns

Kelly Rives
1998
Clarence Cockrell

Joe Lajoie

Weldon Smith

William Cunningham

Gary Langedon

Tori Trees Smith

Milton Davis

Kim Rhodenbough Macklin
1997
Jody Condradt

Nick Nevid

Ken Flaherty

Harry Williams

Charles Lucas

Mark Yancey
1996
Joe Stanley Irvine

Marvin Rich

Dick Worrell

Lee Jamail

Bill Stapleton

Kim Linehan

Wynant Wilson
1995
Billy Brink

Darrell Fick

Tony Scott

Jane Dillard Hanger

Bob Rachner

De Loss Dodds

Matt Scoggin
1994
Carol Borgmann Robertson

Darrell Royal

Chuck Worrell

Rick Cary

Ed Seidel

Bill Johnson

Jim Willerson
1993
Steve Boss

Hyle Karback

Eddie Johnson

Jack Tolar

Clay Britt

William Paulus
1992
Rollin Baker

Dana Curtis

Frank Campbell

Jeff Heller

Denise Christenson

Kris Kirchner
1991
Johnny Crawford

Scott Spann

Kris Kubik

Joan Pennington
1990
Doug Duwe

Jill Sterkel

Jane Patterson

Jake Pickle
1989
Bob Rochs

Donna Lopiano
1988
Adolph Kiefer

Mike Brown
1987
Eddie Reese

Richard Quick
1986
Eddie Gilbert
1985
Joe Gilbert
1984
Wally Pryor
1983
Wally Hoffrichter
1982
Pat Patterson
1981
Hank Chapman
1980
Tex Robertson
1979
Paul Bergen
1978
Shorty Alderson

Ed Barlow
1977
Lex Acker
1976
Allan Shivers
1975
Frank Erwin