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Harvey Wheeler

Inducted April 2006

Harvey Wheeler's swimming and diving career has spanned 47 years as an athlete, age group swimming and diving coach, high school swimming and diving coach, and college diving coach.

As an athlete, Harvey was Triple C, Maine State High School and Maine State AAU diving champion in 1963.  He went on to attend Bowdoin College and established the Bowdoin College IM diving record in 1964 and in 1965 was an NCAA All-American diver.  After graduating from Bowdoin, Harvey returned to his alma mater and taught biology at Falmouth High School for 27 years and was the boys swimming coach from 1967 until 1984. 

During his tenure as head coach, Harvey won four Class B league championships and four Class B state championships.  He became Falmouth's girls swimming Head Coach from 1985 through 1987 and won two Class B girls state championships. 

Between 1987 and 1994, Harvey coached the Falmouth High School divers and produced many state champions including Katie Mailman, who earned All-American honors in 1995.  Harvey became the first coach of the Seacoast Swim Club and coached them from 1974 - 1984.  During this time, Seacoast won numerous AAU Winter and Summer Age Group and Senior state championships. 

Harvey founded the Polar Bear Diving Club in 1986 and has coached this program to the present.  His diving club has produced many State Class A and B champions and three of his divers have competed at the United States Diving Nationals.  He has been Bowdoin College's Mens and Womens Diving Coach since 1989.  His divers have made 13 trips to the NCAA III Nationals, he has coached 26 All American divers including Frank Marston who won the National 3 meter diving championship in 1991 and was selected NCAA Diver of the Year. 

Finally, Harvey's coaching awards included the following:  Maine Swimming Coach of the Year for 1971, Class B Swimming Coach of the Year over eight times, Class B Diving Coach of the year in 1995, New England College Diving Coach of the Year in 1990, NCAA Division III Diving Coach of the Year in 1991 and 2006 NESCAC Diving Coach of the Year.