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Alfred "Red" Barr was one of the most successful coaches in Southwest Conference history. In his 25 years as swimming coach at Southern Methodist Univeristy (1946-1971), Barr's teams won 17 conference titles, including 15 in a row. No other Southwest Conference coach had ever won as many consecutive championships. All-American honors were awarded to 50 of his swimmers and divers who helped SMU finish in the NCAA Top 10 eight times in Barr's last nine years as coach. He also was responsible for the U.S. men's swimming teams victory at the 1963 Pan Am games. During Barr's coaching career, he served as chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union swimming rules committee, on the swimming committee of the Pan American Games, and president of the Southwestern Amateur Athletic Union. Later, SMU named its Olympic-sized pool for Barr as a memorial to his tireless work as SMU's greatest swimming coach. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Alfred "Red" Barr