October 22nd, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of David Fry, coach, mentor and friend who passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones today.

David had a stellar coaching career in Nova Scotia; his passion, dedication, and commitment to our sport was remarkable and he will be sorely missed.

David first began coaching in Wolfville with the Tritons as a young age group assistant coach; from there he became an undergrad at Acadia University swimming with their Varsity team. After graduating from Acadia, David went to Queen’s University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Returning to Nova Scotia, he began a coaching career with the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club, which spanned 12 years; during that time he coached Marie Moore and Andrew Cole to their National achievements. While David coached with the Crusaders, he also became an Assistant Coach with Dalhousie University Tigers under Coach Nigel Kemp in 1981. Coach Fry stayed with the Tigers as an Assistant Coach until 1998, when he became the Head Coach upon Nigel’s retirement. David remained the Head Coach until 2012, when he announced his retirement. While with the Tigers he played an integral role in the development and success of top swimmers Nancy Garapick, Susan MacLeod, and David Sharpe. The Tigers earned numerous Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship banners; over 20 podium finishes at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships, Coach of the Year titles and a number of Conference records.

Following retirement from Coaching David joined the Swim Nova Scotia Board of Directors and became an active Learning Facilitator to promote coach education. He also joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association (CSCTA), holding various portfolios. Last season we saw David back on the pool deck working with the Wolfville Tritons Swim Club as a mentor coach and as the Interim Head Coach of the Acadia University Swim Team. He was back on the pool deck this season with the Dalhousie Tigers assisting with their program.

David’s philosophy and outlook on life had such a positive impact on everyone he met: swimmers, coaches, parents, and volunteers. He touched so many people’s lives; he truly was a very special person. We will miss him.

A celebration of David’s life will take place on October 31 at 2:00pm at the Dalhousie Faculty Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Bette El-Hawary & Sue Jackson
On behalf of Swim Nova Scotia

Source : Swim Nova Scotia