Serra Assistant Principal of Academics Keith Strange was inducted into the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame on November 7. He was honored for his outstanding accomplishments in swimming and water polo during the 1970s at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael.
"It was a wonderful event," said Strange, an All-American swimmer and water polo player. "My entire family was there, as well as some of my colleagues, friends and my college roommate. Swimming and water polo made such a huge impact on my life after high school. In addition to making friends for life, I built a coaching career around my experience in high school. Being an athlete is so much more than sports. It should be a passion. It's about setting goals, making a plan for action and striving to succeed. It's about setting a bar for yourself that is higher than you ever thought was possible."
Strange realized early on that he wanted to become a high school coach and a teacher. He coached at Serra for 24 years. His student-athletes have ranged from a student who had to learn how to swim again after he nearly died in car accident to dozens of All-Americans. Some of Strange's students became national and Olympic champions.
"I joyously attended their weddings, sadly attended their funerals, and gladly taught their sons years after they graduated from Serra," Strange noted. "It has been a great ride and I have truly been enriched by the experience."
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