The sport of swimming always treated Dow Farley well in his career. But for him, it was about how he treated the kids he coached and the relationships he built through the years. 

Farley was a high school swimming coach at El Paso High for 37 years before retiring after the recently completed season. 

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On May 8, Farley will be recognized on a citywide level when he is inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class. He was chosen as part of the Coach/Adminstrator Category. 

"I want time to spend time with family. We just had our fourth grandchild," Farley said. "I hate to leave this group of kids at El Paso High because we have a good group of kids."

Farley, who also coached track and field, taught physical education and officiated high school football games, graduated from Burges High School in 1976. His career at El Paso High included 28 district championships, five regional championships, more than 80 state qualifiers, one state champion and two bronze medal winner at the state meet.  

"Without a doubt, we had great kids, we had a great program, a great administration through the years at El Paso High," Farley said. "I could have gone elsewhere but I really loved El Paso High. I'm going to miss the day to day interaction with the kids, seeing their growth as people. I stay in touch with lots of kids and I'm going to continue to do so."

El Paso High swimmer Noemi Melendez, who is a sophomore, said Farley has had a tremendous influence on her life. 

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"Coach Farley is such a positive influence in every way," she said. "He pushes us to be great and he pushes us to be the best we can be every day whether it's in sports or in school. He will have a long last impression on my life and the lives of others that he has reached. People want to be around coach Farley because of his outlook on life and his positive nature. He taught me when I was younger and everyone wanted to be in his class." 

"Coach Farley always pushed us to do our best," she said. "During my sophomore season, I had a bad meet and I was hard on myself, but coach came over to me and hugged me. He reassured me that I was going to be fine and that I was a good swimmer. I'll always remember that and he was that type of motivator. He cares for people and he always puts the kids he coaches first." 

Felix F. Chavez may be reached at 546-6167; fchavez@elpasotimes.com; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter