36 year career in club and high school coaching and administration.
George Block is currently serving as President of the World Swimming Coaches Association and Chair Emeritus of both San Antonio Sports and Voices for Children San Antonio.
From 2009-2012, Mr. Block was COO, then CEO of Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s transformational homeless center. Under Mr. Block’s leadership, Haven developed its In-House Recovery Program (IHMP), a self-contained recovery and rehab program for homeless men and women. Based on that model, he initiated the development of a Mental Health Dorm, where homeless patients could receive daylong, outpatient mental health treatment and support.
The bulk of Block’s career was spent in education and athletics, where he had a Hall of Fame career. As the Director of Aquatics and Assistant Director of Athletics for the Northside School District he developed the Northside Aquatic Center into an internationally recognized center for athlete development.
In his over three decades at Northside, Coach Block has developed 9 Olympians, 50 UIL State Gold Medallists, over 285 All-Americans, Olympic Trials qualifiers in 1984-88-92-96-2000 and 2008, and numerous National and Junior Champions. He has produced Olympians in three different sports (swimming, triathlon and pentathlon) and Olympic swimmers from four different countries (United States, Nicaragua, Egypt and Algeria).
In 1987, Coach Block was awarded the Phillips 66 Performance Award. In 1992, Coach Block was the Coca-Cola Texas Coach of Honor. In 1997, the United States Water Fitness Association named the Northside Aquatics Center the Top School District/Community Facility in the nation and Coach Block its Top Aquatics Director. In 1998, he received the NISCA Outstanding Service Award.
From 1997-98, Coach Block served as the President of the American Swimming Coaches Association and in 2000 Coach Block was been awarded the Silver Award of Excellence for 20 years of USA Swimming National finalists. In 2011, Block was inducted in to the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2012, he was awarded the United States Olympic Committee’s “Rings of Gold” award. He is a past Vice-President of USA Swimming and is currently President of the World Swimming Coaches Association. This spring (2016), he will be inducted in to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Block is married to Margie, a retired nurse. They have three children, Meagan, a Family Law Attorney; Jeremy, a teacher and coach; and Jackson, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.