Inducted May 2007
Dave Ploch was an age group swimmer in Bethesda, Maryland and was his high school team captain his junior and senior year. After graduation he was the Old Town-Orono YMCA assistant swim coach from 1978-1983.
Later that year he was an assistant coach at the Knoxville Westside YMCA for their summer swim team. In the fall of ‘83, he accepted the Old Town High School Girls team coaching position until 1989. In that time the team was the Maine Class B runners up in 1983 and 1986. He was voted Coach of the Year in 1983.
From 1984-1997, Dave was the Old Town High School Boys team coach. In that time, his team was the Class B Maine State runner up in 1984. For 13 subsequent seasons (1985-1997) his Old Town Indians swim team was the Maine Class B State Champions, sometimes by a lot and many times motivating his team to come from the underdog position to win it all.
Dave was voted Coach of the Year in 1985, 87, 89, 92, 93, and 1996. Dave held several positions in the Maine High School Swim League including Statistics Committee Chairman, League Vice President, and as the League President. In 1989 he was awarded the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association State Distinguished Service Award for Swimming. He and his wife Darlene have been married for 18 years. They and their three sons live in the Bangor Area.