Jack McGuire served at the helm of Cyclone swimming for 34 years, beginning in the spring of 1942. The Cyclone mentor compiled a 108-109-2 mark and captured nine conference titles. His squads captured three-straight conference crowns from 1947-49.
McGuire came on the scene at Iowa State in the spring of 1942. He coached Iowa State to its fifth-straight conference swimming title that season. Following the 1944 campaign, McGuire enlisted in the United States Navy, where he would serve until March of 1946. When he returned to Iowa State, his swimmers were quick to respond to his training methods.
McGuire’s 1949 squad may have been his finest, compiling a 7-1 mark and setting 44 new records. At the conference meet, his swimmers captured their eighth-straight crown with a record-setting 88 points. Standout Roger Watt led the way winning three titles at the loop meet while breaking 25 records throughout the season.
His greatness spanned across four championship decades. His 1968 squad, nearly 30 years after his start as a Cyclone, posted an 11-1 mark and finished 23rd nationally. McGuire retired following the 1977 season. In all, his swimming squads captured nine conference titles.
McGuire spent a record 13 years on the NCAA swimming rule committee. He twice chaired that group. In addition, McGuire served as president of the swimming coaches and had been on the Olympic swimming committee, president of the Iowa AAU, and District V coach of the year in 1972 and 1973.
McGuire also served as the Cyclone golf coach. His squads captured two Big Seven crowns. His 1947 team finished in a three-way tie for first with Kansas and Oklahoma. McGuire’s Cyclones won the conference title in 1953, playing at home. Dan Molyneaux became one of only three Cyclone men ever to capture conference medalist honors.