Tim Cahill, known as the dean of Central Kentucky high school and age group swim coaches, died Friday at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond from pancreatic and liver cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Cahill was named the National Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year this year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Cahill was an instructor at Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Health Promotion and Administration who coached the swimming teams of Model Laboratory Schools, Arlington Country Club and Colonel Aquatics in Richmond.
He coached 40 individual state swim champions in more than 30 years at Richmond Model and served on the swimming and diving rules committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
"He coached each swimmer individually. He never had a favorite swimmer. He would say every swimmer was his favorite," said Kyle Knezevich, who has been Mr. Cahill's assistant coach the last six years at Arlington and last three years at Model.
Knezevich, who is 22, said he started swimming for Mr. Cahill when Knezevich was 5.
"He was just completely unselfish with his time, a very compassionate man," said Knezevich.
John Bobel, managing partner of MediaVentures International in Lexington, said Mr. Cahill was "well known in the state as one of the best swim coaches and mentors for young people. He will be sadly missed in the sport."
Mr. Cahill, who had a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree from Xavier University, joined the EKU faculty in 1979. He had coached the Arlington club swim team since 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Saalfeld Cahill; one daughter, Alison Judith Cahill of Richmond; and two sons, Joshua T.S. Cahill of Silver Spring, Md., and Adam Cahill of Covington.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the church. Graveside services will be at noon Tuesday at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.
Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Tim Cahill Gift Program, care of Eastern Kentucky University, to better the sport of swimming in Richmond.