USC's Michael Segerblom Inducted Into College Sailing Hall of Fame
June 30, 2009
Michael Segerblom, head coach and program director of the USC varsity sailing team, was named a 2009 inductee into the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Hall of Fame, recognized with the Graham Hall Award for outstanding service by a college sailing professional.
Although collegiate sailing is not an NCAA sport, the USC sailing team operated under the USC athletic department from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s when Segerblom was a team member and then its coach. The team now operates independently and is regarded among the top programs on the West Coast.
The Graham Hall Award recognizes organizers, administrators, advisors or coaches who have served the best interests of college sailing at the club/team, conference or national level.
Segerblom was a 1985 All-American sailor at USC, where he captained the team. The 1986 USC graduate then was the head sailing coach at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, Calif.) prior to becoming USC's head coach. He guided the Trojan team to its independent status.
As a USC undergraduate, he held several offices in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (now Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference), including serving as President, and for more than 15 years serving as its Graduate Secretary and Conference Commissioner. He also has served on the ICSA's Board of Directors and All-America Committee, and was Chair of the Communications Committee.
In 1992, Segerblom became the Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation and the United States Sailing Center - Long Beach. In addition to being the home of the USC varsity sailing team, the Center is also the host of many racing events and learn-to-sail programs, as well as programs for sailors with disabilities and youths-at-risk. Another of the Center's mainstays is high school sailing.
Racing internationally and nationally on big boats and dinghies, Segerblom won national titles in the Snipe and 470 classes and placed fifth at the 470 Olympic Team Trials in 1984. He has been a US Sailing Certified Judge since 1988 and has served as the Regatta Chairman and Principal Race Officer for numerous international, national, regional and local events. He also co-founded the US-Japan Intercollegiate Goodwill Regatta.
He also is a Board Member of SCYYRA, the Alamitos Bay Fleet, Regional Director for the PCISA and ICSA Liaison to the ISSA. He has served as Vice President of the CFJ Class for a number of years and currently serves on several US Sailing committees. Additionally, he founded Performance Sailing International (also known as ISP West) in 1984, a retail/mail-order company geared to performance dinghy sailors that also built boats (Sabots, Snipes and CFJ's) and produced performance racing spars (Proctor).
Joining Segerblom as 2009 ICSA Hall of Fame inductees are: Austin Dias (San Diego, Calif.), who received the Student Leadership Award; Joe Kirk (West Falmouth, Mass.), who was honored with the Lifetime Service Award; and Bryan McDonald (Monte Sereno, Calif.), who received the Outstanding Contribution/Volunteer Award.
The ICSA Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to acknowledge the competitive achievements of undergraduates as well as the service contributions of individuals whose efforts helped in the establishment, growth, and development of college sailing. In recognition of their significant service to the organization, the names of these inductees will be added to the permanent ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.).
The ICSA is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities in the U.S. and some parts of Canada. It is divided into seven conferences that schedule and administer regattas within established geographic regions: Middle Atlantic (MAISA), Midwest (MCSA), New England (NEISA), Northwest (NWICSA), Pacific Coast (PCCSC), South Atlantic (SAISA), and Southeastern (SEISA). For more information, please visit www.collegesailing.org .