Bramwell Gabrielsen ’34 Inducted 1978

Baseball, Gymnastics, and Swimming & Diving

Bramwell   Gabrielsen

B. W. "Bump" Gabrielsen 34 excelled in swimming, gymnastics, and baseball at Gustavus and lettered in all three each year. He was the State Champion in the breast stroke and held the pool and state records. He was also a member of the championship medley relay team with his two brothers. He took top individual honors in the Northwest Gymnastics Meet. He was also a starting infielder on two championship baseball teams.
Following graduation he coached at Wheaton and Thief River Falls, establishing powerhouse gymnastics programs at both schools. He then came back to Gustavus and coached swimming and baseball before receiving his M.A. from New York Univ. in 1940.
He spent the next three years in the U.S. Navy and then became head swimming coach at University of Georgia, building the Bulldogs into a swimming power. He received his Ed.D. from NYU in 1956 and retired as Professor Emeritus at Univ. of Georgia in 1973. While at the Univ. of Georgia, he became known as "The Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs" and announced major athletic events. He's received numerous awards, has authored several publications relating to aquatics, and served as U.S. Olympic Swim Coach in 1956.