Maglischo

Doctor Ernie Maglischo at ISCA Clinic, 2019

by Ernest W. Maglischo, Ph.D., Inductee in the ISCA Hall of Fame 

Dr. Maglischo, a world renowned sports physiologist, author, and lecturer was the head coach of Cal State University, Bakersfield.

He was the only coach to win NCAA Team Titles at three different schools. 

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Maglischo's incredible coaching career includes 13 national championships at three different institutions and six NCAA Division II Coach of the Year honors.

Dr. Ernie Maglischo has coached swimming for 30 years on the college and age group levels.

Maglischo coached the Golden Grizzlies (then Pioneers) for two years, 1979-81, and led OU to its first national championship and set the groundwork for the successes to follow.

Oakland won its first NCAA Division II title in any sport under Maglischo in 1980, and placed second nationally the following year. Maglischo was also responsible for bringing two men to Rochester, Michigan, to continue the tradition he upheld in the swimming program. He brought in his former swimmer Hovland to be his assistant coach. Plus, he recruited three-time NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year, Tracy Huth (current Associate AD at OU) to Oakland.

He has authored three books on swimming and co-authored one on nutrition and three others on swimming computer programs. 

  • Coach Maglischo was awarded the title of Master Coach by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in 1978, and in 1987 he was presented with the Honor Award for outstanding contributions to aquatics by the AAHPERD.

  • In 1991 the CSCAA awarded Maglischo the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Award, the highest of its kind in the United States.

The Massillon, Ohio, native was inducted into the Oakland University Hall of Honor in 1995. Prior to the OU Hall of Honor, he was also inducted into the California-Chico Hall, the city of Chico Hall, the Massillon Washington High School Alumni Hall, the State University of New York at New Paltz Hall and the Canton Ohio Swimming Hall of Fame.

Maglischo graduated in 1960 from Ohio University with a degree in physical education and in 1961 with a masters in physical education from Bowling Green. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in physical education from Ohio State in 1974.

Maglischo, after coaching 38 years, retired in 1998 and is returning to the coaching ranks after a five-year retirement. Most recently he guided Arizona State from 1993-98 and Cal State Bakersfield from 1983-93. After leaving Oakland in 1981, he returned for two seasons at Cal State Chico (1981-83).

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