David “Duff” Tyler ’63 was a record-setting swimmer and a soccer player. As part of the 1963 swim team, he set national records in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free and was named All-American for those events as well as the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 100 butterfly.
At Trinity College, Mr. Tyler earned All-American honors three times, was a national champion in the 500 free, a national runner-up in the 200 free, and set seven Trinity records.
Mr. Tyler returned to Williston, where he was an assistant coach under Wilmot Babcock (1968-1972) and head coach (1972-1973). He moved to Florida in 1973 and coached at St. Andrew’s School for 22 years, amassing 627 wins. Under his leadership, girls swimming went undefeated in 1987 and that year won the state and national championships.
Mr. Tyler, who also coached the Bahamian National Team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, was later inducted into the St. Andrew’s Hall of Fame. He made such a mark on the school, and created such a legacy, that St. Andrew’s swimming facility was later named after him.