1992 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Leo began his aquatic career as a competitive diver for the Boston Swim Association, and later he became the swimming and diving coach for the Third Air Force Team during World War II.
After the war, Leo continued his love for aquatics and formed the Rhode Island Aquatic Association Swim Team. He was the president and coach of his club during the 50’s and 60’s. In his capacity Leo developed many outstanding swimmers including Bob Nelson, Donna Spencer, Bob and Cindy Savage, Bob Corris, Ray Godbout, Sheila McCabe, Cindi Ginish and Newell Roberts.
When the city of Warwick decided to build a municipal pool, Leo was asked to serve on the Building Committee. McDermott Pool was completed in 1975 and is one of our most popular facilities in the area.
Leo’s service to aquatics included many years of water safety instruction with the Red Cross. Numerous young people became Water Safety Instructors under his guidance, and in turn helped to “waterproof” hundreds of youngsters and adults alike across Rhode Island.
Leo Sarcione was a true pioneer among Rhode Island coaches and an outstanding humanitarian and friend to swimmers, coaches, and parents.