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From 1987 to 2007, Budd Termin steered the University at Buffalo men?s swimming and diving program to new heights of excellence. During his 20-year tenure, Termin amassed a 122-90 dual meet record and claimed seven conference team titles. His record stands as one of the finest achievements for any sport, in any era, in UB?s athletic history. His influence reached beyond the University community and into the realm of sport science and sport performance. With an impressive portfolio of scientific publications and presentations, Termin also pioneered innovative methods of performance enhancement for the swimmers he coached at UB.

When Termin arrived in Buffalo in 1987, he had a clear vision: to transform UB's Division III men?s swimming and diving program into a formidable Division I contender. He wasted no time in pursuing his goal, and soon led the Bulls to a remarkable double victory in their debut season of Division I competition in 1991-92. They clinched both the East Coast Conference Championship and the ECAC Championship, earning Termin two Coach of the Year awards in a span of 10 days. Termin also holds the distinction of being the only coach in UB history to produce a swimmer who met an Division I time standard and competed at the NCAA National Championship. At the 2000 Spring USA Swimming Nationals, the Bulls secured a 24th place finish among the countries best teams, setting a new record for UB's highest performance at an elite level. Over his 20-year career, Termin has mentored six athletes who received seven conference Swimmers of the Year awards, and guided his teams to seven conference championship titles. He has been honored with five conference Coach of the Year awards, as well as the American Swimming Coaches Association?s Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. During his tenure, Termin coached every UB school record holder, and his swimmers have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, the Canadian Olympic Trials, the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships and the USA Swimming National Championships.

Termin?s teams have not only achieved in the pool, but also in the classroom. They earned the NCAA All-Academic Team Award from 1992 to 2007. In the fall semester of 1993 and the spring semester of 1995, the Bulls achieved the highest team grade point average among all NCAA Division I men?s swimming and diving teams. Since joining the Division I swimming ranks in 1991, UB has made it to the College Swim Coaches Association of America?s (CSCAA) list of top academic teams in all but four semesters.

Termin's innovative coaching methods span from the pool to the academic world, where he has gained international recognition as a researcher in collaboration with Dr. David Pendergast, professor of physiology and biophysics at UB. Termin's research on the biomechanics of swimming and his invention of a patented training system earned him the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor?s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in May of 2001. Termin was the first coach for any sport to receive this award by the State University of New York System, which honors superlative performance and outstanding achievement by professional service employees.

At UB, Termin established a 60-meter donut-shaped water course in the Center for Research in Special Environments (CRESE). Along with Dr. Pendergast, he measured the oxygen consumption (VO2) of swimmers, which indicates their metabolic horsepower?. He then enhanced the swimmers VO2 through training in the donut, boosting their efficiency and power. Termin and Pendergast also examined swimming techniques related to strokes and pace control. In 2000, they received a US Patent for a pace-light "System and Method for Training a Swimmer" together with John Zaharkin. The system consists of an underwater pacing light system and a computer program that can pace up to 24 swimmers at a time and run training intervals for an entire team. Swimmers using the system can adjust their mechanics and instantly see if the changes affect their speed. A two-year study of freestyle swimmers showed that those using the system improved twice as much as those not using it. This Patent was originally registered in the U.S and in 26 countries.

Termin also played a key role in persuading UB officials to install an ultraviolet equipment system in UB?s Alumni Arena Natatorium, putting the University?s facility at the forefront of water treatment technology. The UV system was donated as a Gift-in-Kind to the University at Buffalo by Wedeco/Ideal Horizons, a Poultney, Vermont-based company that leads the field of ultraviolet technology, Environmental Resources Management of Pittsford, New York, the consultant for the project, and Final Filtration, Inc. of Amherst, New York. It was installed in the spring of 2000. UB?s Alumni Arena Natatorium is the only pool in New York state with an ultraviolet system that cleans the pool better than chlorine without using chemicals. It also creates cleaner air for UB?s swimmers to breathe in as they train and compete, thus enhancing their overall metabolic power and swimming performance.

Termin has made a lasting impact on the swimming world. He has received numerous invitations to speak at national and international conferences and symposiums, including the World Swimming Symposium held in Finland in 1998, where he was one of only three Americans invited to speak. Dr. Pendergast cites the published observation that Termin's swimmers times improve eight to 10 percent over the swimmerscar eer while nationally, swimmers improve between one and three percent as evidence of Termin?s success at applying his research findings to develop his swimmers? abilities.

Termin also left his mark on the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He collaborated with Dr. Pendergast and Dr. Joseph Mollendorf, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to create a swimsuit with turbulators sewn into the suit to reduce drag. Swimsuit company TYR licensed the design and several international swimmers wore the suit at the games. They included 200 and 400 IM gold medalist Yana Klachkova (Ukraine), 200 backstroke gold medalist Kristy Coventry (Zimbabwe) and 400 IM silver medalist Erik Vendt (USA).

He has also played a key role in shaping NCAA policy for conditioning activities. Termin advocated that NCAA Bylaw, which allows the use of ?equipment related to the sport? for out of season conditioning, should include conditioning for swimming in the water. Before August 2005, swimming programs could not require any conditioning in the pool outside of their playing season and were restricted to dry land activities only.

Termin started his coaching career at the University of Kansas from 1985 to 1987. In 1986, the Jayhawk women clinched the Big Eight championship and finished second in 1985 and 1987. The Kansas men also came in second in the conference for all three years of Termin?s tenure in Lawrence. He also acted as academic coordinator and co-founded the Academic Athletic Support Department for all of Kansas? sports. Before that, Termin was the head coach of the West Shore YMCA program in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA from 1980 to 1985. He led the boy?s teams to five state YMCA titles and the girls to five second-place titles. During his time at West Shore, he also coached two YMCA National Champions and one MVP of the National Championships.

Termin earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University (1979), where he was an 18-time NCAA Division II All-American in the 50 and 100 freestyles and broke the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference record in both events. He qualified for the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials. He obtained a Masters Degree in Sports Administration in 1991 from the University of Kansas. Currently retired from coaching and teaching, Budd and his wife Carrie live in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Coach of the Year
1989 Upper NY Conference
1992 E.C.A.C. Conference
1992 East Coast Conference
1994 East Coact Conference
1995 Mid-Continent Conference
Conference Team Championships
1989 Upper NY Conference
1990 Upper NY Conference
1991 Upper NY Conference
1992 E.C.A.C. Conference
1992 East Coast Conference
1994 East Coast Conference
1995 Mid-Continent Conference
Conference Swimmer of the Year
1989 Upper NY Conference Ray Willie
1992 E.C.A.C. Conference Kyle Depold
1992 East Coast Conference Kyle Depold
1994 East Coact Conference Mark Horgan
1995 Mid-Continent Conference Kevin Remaly & Jamie Playfair
1997 Mid-Continent Conference Korry Miller
NCAA All-Academic Team Award
1992 - 1999

1982 YMCA 1650 Free National Champion Linda Rutter
1983 YMCA 500 Free National Champion John Matson
1984 YMCA National MVP Mary Mumber
1984 YMCA PA State Team Champions West Shore YMCA
1983 PIAA State H.S. 500 Free Champion John Matson
1983 PIAA State H.S. 100 Back Champion Linda Bean
1983 PIAA State H.S. Team Finish Trinity H.S. 2nd Place
1998 USA World Triathlon Team Member Terry Storres

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

Invited Speaking

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, 2665-2676 (2002).

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.