September 27, 2004 by

Tamas Szechy

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Tamas Szechy, Hungary’s most successful swim coach, died on Sept. 13. Cause of death was not released. He was 73.
Szechy coached a competitive program at the Central Sports Club in Budapest. He worked with the country’s best swimmers, such as Tamas Darnyi, Krisztina Egerszeg, Norbert Rozsa and Attila Czene. Between 1972 and 1998, athletes he trained won 15 Olympic medals (eight gold, four silver and three bronze) and 21 world championship medals.
Szechy also developed a three-macrocycle training program that is used by swim coaches all over the world. The first macrocycle (September to December) involves enhancing the physical capabilities of the athlete. This usually requires various cross-training exercises. Macrocycle No. 2 (January to April) targets quickness and endurance; during this time, the swimmer works on his/her primary stroke. In the final macrocycle (May to August), the athlete prepares for competition with the ultimate goal of breaking old swim records.

One Response to Tamas Szechy

  1. Bob (Csako) Chico

    We first met Tamas and Andras Hargitay in Dallas in the early 70’s. I think it was his first trip to the U.S. and we traveled to and from the meet together with Coach Gene Lee of the Riviera Club of Indianapolis, the Rivi girls team, and our good friend Steve Hunyadfi. We met him many times here in the U.S. in later years.
    He was a great coach and a man I greatly respected.
    Respectfully, Bob (Csako) Chico

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