Gene Shumway inducted into Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame |

Gene Shumway inducted into Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame

Lance Maggart
Staff Photo |

Last Saturday was a good day for Grand County resident Gene Shumway.

He was inducted into the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in San Antonio, Texas.

Shumway was born in Houston and grew up as a competitive swimmer. He and his wife Sandra moved to Grand County in 1991 to raise their children in a small town environment. His two kids, Zachary and Amanda, graduated from high school in Grand County. His wife Sandra still substitute teaches in the area.

Shumway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961 and served two years in southeast Asia, eventually leading to the start of his coaching career working with military dependents on Okinawa. He eventually moved back to Texas and began coaching various swimming teams in the Houston area, including multiple national record holders.

Shumway began a career in commercial aviation in 1966 and retired from Continental Airlines after 34 years.

A placard featuring Shumway and detailing his accomplishments in the swimming world will be placed in the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame at the University of Texas Austin at another ceremony on Dec. 7.

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