Budd Termin was at the helm of the University at Buffalo men’s swimming and
diving program from 1987 to 2007. In his 20 year career, Termin holds a 122-90 dual meet record, and captured 7 conference team titles. For the University at
Buffalo, that record ranks as one of the best for any sport, in any era, in the
history of UB sports. His influence
extended not only through the University community, but extended into the world
of sport science and sport performance with an impressive resume of
outstanding scientific achievement and unprecedented performance improvement for the swimmers he coached at UB.
Termin came to Buffalo in 1987 and immediately began his mission of turning UB’s
Division III men's swimming and diving program into a successful, respected Division I
program. That transition did not take long as the Bulls won the East Coast Conference
Championship and the ECAC Championship in their first season of Division I competition
in 1991-92, with Termin being named the Coach of the Year twice in a 10 day period. Termin is the only coach in UB history to produce a swimmer that achieved an A Division I time standard, and compete at the NCAA National Championship. At the 2000 Spring USA Swimming Nationals, the Bulls finished 24th country, and this ranks as the highest team finish for elite competition in the history of the university. In his 20-year career, Termin has coached
six athletes to seven conference Swimmers of the Year awards, and his teams have won
seven conference championship titles. Termin has been recognized with conference Coach
of the Year honors on five different occasions, and earned the American Swimming
Coaches Association's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. Termin has coached
every swimmer listed in the UB record book, and his swimmers have qualified for the
Olympic Trials, the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships and the USA Swimming National
In addition to success in the pool, Termin’s teams have also excelled in the
classroom, earning the NCAA All-Academic Team Award for eight consecutive years from
1992-1999. Additionally, in the 1993 Fall semester and in the 1995 Spring semester,
the Bulls posted the highest team grade point average out of all NCAA Division I men’s
swimming and diving teams. Since the Bulls joined the Division I swimming ranks in
1991, UB has made the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) list of top
academic teams in all but just four semesters.
Termin’s unique methods of coaching extend from the pool into the academic realm
where he has become an internationally-recognized researcher while working with Dr.
David Pendergast, professor of physiology and biophysics at UB. Termin’s research on
the biomechanics of swimming and the development of a patented training system led to
him being honored with the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award
for Excellence in Professional Service in May of 2001. Termin was the first coach to
receive the award, which provides “SUNY-wide recognition for superlative performance
and outstanding achievement by professional service employees.”
When Termin arrived at UB, he founded a 60-meter donut-shaped water course in UB's
Center for Research in Special Environments.(CRESE) Together, he and Dr. Pendergast test the
volume of oxygen swimmers consume (the VO2), which is a measure of their “metabolic
horsepower,” and then improve the swimmers’ VO2 through training in the donut to
improve their efficiency and power. Termin and Pendergast also study swimming techniques
related to strokes and pace control, and in 2000, Termin, Pendergast and John Zaharkin
were awarded a US Patent for a pace-light “System and Method for Training a Swimmer.”
The system involves an underwater pacing light system and computer program that can
pace up to 24 swimmers at a time and run training intervals for an entire team.
Swimmers using the system are able to alter their mechanics and immediately determine
if the changes affect their speed. A two-year study of freestyle swimmers concluded
that those using the system improved twice as much as those not using the system. The
Patent is registered in 26 countries, and the UB Technology Transfer Office is currently
negotiating a licensing agreement for the technology.
In addition, Termin was instrumental in convincing UB officials to install an
ultraviolet equipment system in UB’s Alumni Arena Natatorium to put the University’s
facility on the cutting edge of water treatment technology. The UV system was donated
as a Gift-in-Kind to the University at Buffalo from Wedeco/Ideal Horizons, a Poultney,
Vermont-based company at the forefront of ultraviolet technology, Environmental
Resources Management of Pittsford, New York, the consultant for the project, and Final
Filtration, Inc. of Amherst, New York, and installed in the spring of 2000. UB's
Alumni Arena Natatorium is the only pool in the state of New York with an ultraviolet
system which, among other benefits, cleans the pool better than chlorine, but without
chemicals, and results in cleaner air for UB’s swimmers to breathe in as they train and
compete, thus impacting their overall metabolic power and swimming performance.
Termin’s influence can be felt throughout the swimming world, and he is well-respected
as evidenced by numerous invitations to speak at national and international conferences
and symposiums, including the World Swimming Symposium held in Finland in 1998 at which
he was one of only three Americans invited to speak. Dr. Pendergast points to the
“published observation that (Termin's) swimmers’ times improve eight to 10 percent over
the swimmers’ career while nationally, swimmers improve between one and three percent”
as evidence of Termin's success at implementing his research findings to develop his
Termin’s influence was also felt at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. With Dr.
Pendergast and Dr. Joseph Mollendorf, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering,
Termin helped create a swimsuit with turbulators sewn into the suit to reduce drag.
Swimsuit company TYR picked up the design and several international swimmers, including
200 and 400 IM gold medalist Yana Klachkova (Ukraine), 200 backstroke gold medalist
Kristy Coventry (Zimbabwe) and 400 IM silver medalist Erik Vendt (USA), wore the suit
at the games.
has also been instrumental in establishing NCAA policy for conditioning
activities. Termin argued that NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 regarding the use of
"equipment related to the sport" to be used during out of season
conditioning should include conditioning for swimming within the water.
Prior to August 2005, swimming programs could not mandate any
conditioning in the pool outside of their playing season and were
limited to dry land activities only.
Termin began his coaching career at the University of Kansas from 1985-87. In 1986,
the Jayhawk women won the Big Eight championship and were runners-up in both 1985 and
1987. The Kansas men were conference runners-up all three years of Termin’s tenure in
Lawrence. He also served as academic coordinator and co-organized the Academic Athletic
Support Department for all of Kansas’ sports. Prior to that, Termin served as head
coach of the West Shore YMCA program in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA from 1980 to 1985, leading the boy’s teams to five state YMCA titles and the girls to five runner-up
titles. During his time at West Shore, he also coached two YMCA National Champions and one MVP of the National Championships.
Termin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University
(1979) where he was an NCAA Division II All-American in the 50 and 100 freestyles and
set the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference record in both events, qualifying for the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials. He received his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration in 1991 from the University of Kansas. Currently Budd is a Full Time Instructor and the Coordinator of Recreation Studies in the Health and Physical Education and Recreation Division at Niagara County Community College. He also teaches a class in Movement Analysis, utilizing digital sports video. Budd and his wife Carrie reside in Amherst, NY.
|Coach of the Year|
||Upper NY Conference
||East Coast Conference|
||East Coact Conference|
|Conference Team Championships|
||Upper NY Conference|
||Upper NY Conference|
||Upper NY Conference|
||East Coast Conference|
||East Coast Conference|
|Conference Swimmer of the
||Upper NY Conference
||East Coast Conference
||East Coact Conference
||Kevin Remaly & Jamie Playfair|
|NCAA All-Academic Team Award|
|1992 - 1999|
||YMCA 1650 Free National Champion
||YMCA 500 Free National Champion
||YMCA National MVP
||YMCA PA State Team Champions
||West Shore YMCA|
||PIAA State H.S. 500 Free Champion
||PIAA State H.S. 100 Back Champion
||PIAA State H.S. Team Finish
||Trinity H.S. 2nd Place|
||USA World Triathlon Team Member
Chancellors Award For
Excellence in Professional Service - First
Coach in the NY State University System
Visionary Innovator Award - UB Research Foundation - October 2005
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Permanent Exhibit - Technology in Sports Gallery August 2011.
Licensed Innovation - State of New York Research Foundation November 2005.
University at Buffalo Service Excellence Award - Recruiting/Retention - November 2005
Dartfish Sports Video Symposium SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY - March 2008
Xth International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming - Featured Presentation Porto, Portugal June 2006
United States Sports Medicine National Convention Baltimore, MD June 2001
VII International Symposium on Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Jyvaskyla,Finland July 1998
College Swimming Coaches National Convention Key Largo, FL May 1997
Termin’s Patents and Publications
“System and Method for Training a Swimmer.” U.S. Patent Number 6,086,379. July 11, 2000. David Pendergast, Albert Termin, and John Zaharkin.
D.R. Pendergast, J.C. Mollendorf, R. Curviello, A.C. Termin II. “ Application of Theoretical Principles To Swimsuit Drag Reduction.” Journal of Sport Engineering 23, 65-76 (November 2006)
A.B. Craig, B. Termin, D.R. Pendergast. “Simultaneous Recordings of Velocity and Video During Swimming.” Xth International Symposium – Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming – Porto, Portugal. (June 2006)
D.R. Pendergast, C. Capelli,
A.B. Craig Jr., P.E. diPrampero, A.E. Minetti, J. Mollendorf, B. Termin, P.
Zamparo. “Biophysics of Swimming.” Xth International Symposium – Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming – Porto, Portugal. (June 2006)
P. Zamparo, D. R. Pendergast, Albert Termin and A. E. Minetti . “Economy and Efficiency of Swimming at the Surface with Fins of Different Size and Stiffness.” The European Journal of Applied Physiology 96, 459-470 (2005)
P. Zamparo, D.R. Pendergast, J. Mollendorf, A. Termin and A. E. Minetti . “An
Energy Balance of Front Crawl.” The European Journal of Applied Physiology 94, 134-144
Mollendorf, Joseph C., Albert C. Termin II, Eric Oppenheim, and David R. Pendergast.“Effect of Swim Suit Design on Passive Drag.” Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise 9. (May 2004): 1-7.
D. Pendergast, P. Zamparo, P. E. di Prampero, C. Capelli, P. Cerretelli, A. Termin, A. Craig Jr., D. Bushnell, D. Paschke and J. Mollendorf. “Energy Balance of Human
Locomotion in Water.” European Journal of Applied Physiology (October 2003) Volume 90, Numbers 3-4.
P. Zamparo, D. R. Pendergast, B. Termin and A. E. Minetti. “How fins affect the economy and efficiency of human swimming.” The Journal of Experimental Biology 205,
Termin, B., & Pendergast, D. R. Training using the Stroke Frequency- Velocity Relationship to Combine Biomechanical and Metabolic Paradigms. Journal of Swimming Research, (2000) 14, 9-17.
Termin, Budd, Dave Pendergast, John Zaharkin, Michael Zaharkin. “Pace Lights and Swim Performance.” Swimming Technique 36 (Oct.-Dec. 1999): 18-20.
Termin, Budd and David Pendergast. “The Breaststroke Pull-Out Technique: How to Optimize Performance.” Swimming Technique 34 (Jan.-March 1998): 41-46.
Capelli, Carlo, Dave R. Pendergast, and B. Termin. “Energetics of Swimming at Maximal Speeds in Humans.” European Journal of Applied Physiology 78 (1998): 385-393.
Keeler M., B.Termin. “Different Strokes Biomechanical Analysis Stroke Frequency/Velocity Testing Protocol; Coaches Quartely United States Swimming.2;(March 1995):2-3.
Zamparo, P., C. Capelli, B.Termin, D.R. Pendergast, P.E. di Prampero. “Effect of the Underwater Torque on the Energy Cost, Drag and Efficiency of Front Crawl Swimming.” European Journal of Applied Physiology 78 (February 1995): 674-679.
Capelli, C., P. Zamparo, A Cigalotto, M.P. Francescato, R.G. Soule, B.Termin, D.R. Pendergast, E.E. di Prampero. “Bioenergetics and Biomechanics of Front Crawl Swimming.” Journal of Applied Physiology 78 (February 1995): 674-679.
Roberts, A.J., B.Termin, M.F. Reilly, D.R. Pendergast. “Effectiveness of Biokinetic Training on Swimming Performances in Collegiate Swimmers.” Journal of Swimming Research 7 (Fall 1991): 5-11.
Kame,Vincent D., Jr., David R. Pendergast, Budd Termin. “Physiologic Responses to High Intensity Training in Competitive University Swimmers.” Journal of Swimming Research 6 (Winter 1990): 5-8.
Rielly, M.F., V.D. Kame, B. Termin, M.E. Tedesco, D.R. Pendergast. “Relationship Between Freestyle Swimming Speed and Stroke Mechanics to Isokinetic Muscle Function.” Journal of Swimming Research 6 (Fall 1990): 6-21.