Charlie Erdmann came to DePauw from the University of Chicago in
1946 to coach swimming and teach in the physical education
department. He probably considered himself a "physical educator"
before he thinks of himself as a coach. He sought to create more
opportunities for students to participate in athletics, and it was
no surprise that he introduced first club then varsity-level soccer
at DePauw in 1965. He was a coach, of course, steering the DePauw
tennis team to unparalleled success among small Indiana colleges in
the 60s and 70s. His swimming teams were among DePauw's best,
despite the cramped pool that Bowman Gym offered. But long after
the swimming records are forgotten and the multitude of conference
tennis championships are counted, the young men and women who
played for and knew Coach Erdmann or who worked with him and Mim at
Camp Voyageur will remember the Christian witness and model that he
was in their lives.