Wolfe Selected to Hall of Fame
Spartanburg School District 7 is proud to announce that longtime educator John “Bubba” Wolfe, whose diligent efforts and unassuming leadership style have helped create phenomenal success in Spartanburg High School’s swimming program, will be inducted into the South Carolina Swimming Coaches Association (SCSCA) Hall of Fame during the Class AAAAA State Finals Friday, October 13, 2017 in Columbia, SC.
Wolfe’s reputation in his chosen field borders on legendary. Mr. Wolfe has dedicated more than four decades of his life to Spartanburg High School as a teacher and a guidance counselor, and from 1997-2010 as the head swim coach for the Vikings. Wolfe didn’t just coach the school’s swim team to astronomical success; he was basically responsible for there even being a team at all. Wolfe was a main influence in bringing back the school’s swimming program in 1997 after it had been dormant for 15 years.
Under Wolfe’s guidance, the Vikings won four boys 4A state championships, four 4A state championship runners up and eleven Region II-4A titles. Among a litany of other achievements, in 2007 the SC High School League named Wolfe the Boys Swimming State Coach of the Year, and the National Federation of State High School Associations recognized him as the Boys Swimming Sectional Coach of the Year, an honor covering Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Wolfe was also named Region II AAAA Swimming Coach of the Year seven times.
Fellow colleagues at SHS describe Bubba as “exceedingly humble with blue and gold in his veins.” Upon learning he was to receive this honor, he asked it to be shared with those that helped him expand and grow the program, former head coach Mary Brito and former colleague Bill Pell.