Dick Kimball was born in 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the Minnesota high school diving champion four years in a row, and he also excelled in gymnastics, trampoline, and cheerleading. At the University of Michigan, he was the NCAA springboard champion in 1957, and in 1963 he was the Professional World Diving champion. Kimball coached the University of Michigan diving team for 43 years, and several U.S. Olympic diving teams. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dick Kimball was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, May 25, 1969
"Three coaches, who will be directing the summer competitive swim program, take a look at the Buhr Park Pool. Huron High's Pat Wallace (left), Pioneer High's Dennis Hill (center) and Michigan's Gus Stager look over the facility where youngsters will get training this summer."
Ann Arbor News, July 6, 1969
"Michigan swimming coach Gus Stager (background) puts a group of swimmers through their paces at the Matt Mann Pool earlier in the week. Stager, Pioneer High Coach Denny Hill, and Huron High Coach Pat Wallace will hold workouts in the indoor pool until the city's three outdoor pools are all open sometime this week."