Jack Adam
Jack Adam
Sport: Swimming and Diving / Water Polo
Inducted: 2015

Adam was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American for three consecutive years, all in the 1,500-meter freestyle, an accomplishment that no other Cal Poly swimmer has attained in any event in NCAA Division I. He was 10th as a sophomore (1960), ninth as a junior (1961) and seventh as a senior (1962).

He held the school records in the 220-yard freestyle (2:07.1), 440-yard freestyle (4:30.6), 1,500-meter freestyle (17:54.3) and 200-yard individual medley (2:12.7) as well as participated on two record-breaking relay teams.

Adam captured eight CCAA titles, bettered eight conference records and also broke six state college marks, winning seven times in three California State College Swimming Championships.

Outside of Cal Poly, Adam placed fourth in the four-mile event at the 1960 National AAU Long Distance Swim Championships and ninth in the 1,500 meters at the 1959 National AAU Outdoor Swim Championships.

Adam also was a starter on Cal Poly’s intercollegiate water polo team for three seasons, earning California State Water Polo All-Tournament Team honors twice (1959, 1960) and All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first-team honors once (1961).

In 1962, he started on the Stanford Hills water polo team which placed third in the AAU Junior National Championship and also was a starter on Cal Poly’s team that participated in the Pan American Games Trials.

He graduated with honors with a degree in technical arts (now industrial technology), was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, served in the Air Force for five years (swimming for and coaching the Kessler and Kadena AFB teams in addition to performing his regular duties) and worked as an instrumentation engineer in the Engineering Test Lab at McDonnell Douglas for 31 years before retiring in 2001, returning to San Luis Obispo with his wife Sally. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

Adam volunteers for the Cal Poly Cat Program and the SLO County Bike Coalition. During his time at McDonnell Douglas, Adam continued racing in open water ocean races until 1976.