ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University head swimming and diving coach Jim Halliburton was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday, Nov. 5, during a ceremony held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis.
Now in his 18th season at Saint Louis, Halliburton has guided the Billiken men’s and women’s teams to more than 500 victories. He ranks sixth in career wins among NCAA Division I swim coaches.
A Ladue High School graduate, Halliburton won eight state titles and remains the only Missouri swimmer to go undefeated during his high school career. He later starred at Indiana University, where he broke the Big Ten Conference 100 butterfly record of nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz.
Halliburton has been a successful club coach, first for the Rockwood Swim Club from 1982-2011, and for Flyers Aquatic Swim Team (FAST) from 2011 to present. His club teams have won 19 local championships, seven sectional titles and a national crown.
Halliburton led Lafayette High School to 11 state championships and guided Marquette High School to three state titles. He has coached 96 high school state champions, eight swimmers who were ranked No. 1 in the United States, two who broke world records and two who competed in the Olympics. Halliburton was named U.S. National Team coach three times and Region 8 Coach of the Year six times.