Swimming Scholarship to Honor AU Coach

Auburn, Ala.--A project has been started to endow a scholarship to honor long-time Auburn swimming coach Ralph Crocker for his contributions to the AU's ultra-successful program.

Auburn University announced on Monday that the Ralph Crocker Fund for Excellence has been established. This scholarship will be designated as an endowed scholarship that can only be used by the Auburn swimming and diving program.

Crocker, who was Auburn's Associate Director of Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving, died on January 14 after a lengthy illness at the age of 52. A former Auburn swimmer and 1977 AU graduate, Crocker had been with the Auburn swimming and diving program since June, 1999.

AU's s swimming teams, both men's and women's, dedicated their 2007 national championship seasons to Crocker. They wore shirts with the initials RHOP (Ralph's House of Pain) as they won they won the SEC and NCAA titles.

This scholarship can only take effect if the $25,000-plus is raised within five years and/or at least $5,000 each year. The Auburn Aquatic Swim Team committed a portion of the profit from the Ralph Crocker Swim Meet Invitational held in February. <

Individuals or groups interested in making a contribution to the Ralph Crocker Fund for Excellence can mail checks to the Tigers Unlimited Foundation, Attn. Helen Yates, P.O. Box 351, Auburn, AL 36831 (please note the Crocker Endowment designation on check). All donations
are tax deductible.

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