2000 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Jim was the swimming coach at LaSalle Academy from 1973 to 1988. During his coaching tenure, LaSalle earned over 100 dual meet victories, seventeen individual All-State selections and eight All-State relay team selections. His swimmers set state records in several championship meets, in several events, including the 400 freestyle relay. Three of his LaSalle swimmers are members of the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame – Tom Gleason, Jim Phelan, and Tim Pheland.
Quinn has not merely succeeded as a coach, but has made significant contributions as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and as a “true friend of swimming”. From 1988 to 1998, Jim volunteered his time to serve as Meet Director of the Max Read Invitational Swimming Meet and has been on the meet committee for the annual Watmough Invitational Swimming Championship at Brown University. Quinn, a native New Yorker, competed for Bishop Loughlin High School as a member of the swimming and water polo teams. The water polo team placed third at the National Water Polo Championship in 1962 and was invited to the 1964 Olympic Trials after placing 6th among the top teams in North America and becoming National Junior AAU Champions.
Jim resides in Coventry and still teaches at LaSalle Academy.