A vintage photo of coach Carl Samuelson by the pool speaking with a student swimmer.

Former coach Carl Samuelson has been named to the inaugural class of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) Division III Hall of Fame.

Announced in January, the recognition honors “the exceptional contributions of swimmers, divers and coaches within the NCAA Division III realm,” according to the CSCAA website. Founded in 1922, CSCAA is the nation’s first organization of college coaches.

At Williams for more than 30 years, Samuelson made history when his team won the first two NCAA Division III women’s championships in 1982 and 1983, earning him his first two of three CSCAA Coach-of-the-Year honors. In addition, his swimmers achieved All-America status 340 times, won a combined 62 NCAA titles, 27 New England Championships and multiple NCAA records. In 2021, Samuelson and current head swim coach Steven Kuster were included on the organization’s list of 100 Greatest College Swimming and Diving Coaches of the past century.