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Four decades, 400 wins, and countless lives impacted by local swim coach

Four decades, 400 wins, and countless lives impacted by local swim coach

Coach Harold Baker is having a very successful 2019.

In his role as the swim coach at Lafayette High School, he saw the Rams finish the season undefeated, and scored his 400th high school win.

At the Williamsburg Aquatic Club, where he’s worked as a coach since it began in 1979, he’s overseeing the club’s 40th anniversary.

If you ask him though, the best part is the same as it’s always been: watching what the kids he coaches achieve both in and out of the water.

“I see a lot of these kids swim in high school, a lot of those go on to swim in college, others just do this for fun,” said Baker. “The goal has always been to help these kids, whether they become great...

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