In honor of Coral Springs Swim Head Coach Michael Lohberg’s life and amazing coaching abilities, the City of Coral Springs is naming the 50-meter pool at the Aquatic Complex in remembrance of him. A dedication ceremony will be held this weekend at the Aquatic Complex.
Lohberg, a native German, was six-time Olympian Dara Torres’ coach and confidant who died on April 4 at the age of 61 from a rare blood disorder that was diagnosed just before Torres won three silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He coached at six Olympics and qualified swimmers for every games from 1984 to 2008. Lohberg had aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce enough new cells, leading to fatigue. Lohberg’s struggle worsened in January when he became unable to fight off repeated infections. Torres would spend time at his bedside.
Lohberg trained at the Aquatic Complex for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He coached at six Olympic Games having qualified swimmers for every Olympics from 1984 to 2008. He had an incredible eight swimmers make the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including Torres.
“We wanted to name part of the facility in memory of Michael because he was a large part of our success,” Director of Aquatic Services Mike McGoun said. “We were fortunate to have someone of that caliber at our facility.”
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.