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AU assistant swim coach Crocker dead at 52

AUBURN (AP) — Auburn assistant swimming and diving coach Ralph Crocker died from illness Sunday at a hospice. He was 52.

Crocker, a former Auburn swimmer and 1977 Auburn graduate, had been with the Auburn swimming and diving program since June 1999.

“He impacted countless people’s lives and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ralph’s wife Margaret, daughter Cameron and extended family,” athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a written statement released by the school.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Auburn United Methodist Church.

During Crocker’s seven full seasons, the Tigers won a combined eight NCAA and 10 SEC championships while posting a dual meet record of 102-3.

He coached 82 swimmers to 660 All-American honors.

Crocker was named the U.S. National Distance Training Camp head coach in 2001 for USA Swimming, which entails heading up the two-week National Team Distance Camp held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Before Auburn, Crocker was the head swimming coach at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for seven years before becoming the head coach for Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club for four years.

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