Swim Team Rallies Behind Former Coach Battling Cancer

An account has been established in his name called 'The Tim Daly Beat Cancer Fund.'

Tim Daly and one of his Tonka swimmers at the Alumni Meet. Photo from CaringBridge.
Tim Daly and one of his Tonka swimmers at the Alumni Meet. Photo from CaringBridge.

Former Minnetonka swim coach Tim Daly was selected by his peers seven times as Section Coach of the Year and four times as State Coach of the Year. 

In October of this year, Daly was diagnosed as having stage three colon cancer and stage four esophageal cancer.

Originally from Bloomington, Daly started out as the Minnetonka High School Swimming and Diving Head Coach in 1982. In his years at the helm, the Skippers were consistently one of the top teams in the state, earning eight conference titles, seven section championships, six state crowns, and a dual meet record of 156-71. 

Individually, there were forty-four state champions, twenty-four set state records, and one national record. He also served three years as president of the Girls Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association. Daly is also an inductee into the Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Daly is currently in chemotherapy treatment and is responding well. Although the stages of cancer are very serious, he maintains a positive attitude and is trying to live his life as close to normal as possible.

How to help

• You can share words of support, hope and encouragement for Tim Daly by visiting a CaringBridge website that has been set up on his behalf.

• Community members have expressed an interest in helping him however possible. An account has been established in his name called "The Tim Daly Beat Cancer Fund." Donations to this account can be sent to:

Joseph Lieser, Office Manager
1630 Arboretum Blvd
PO Box 35
Victoria, MN 55386

952-443-6604 | Fax 952-443-2658

Joseph Lieser, the office manager of Klein Bank, has requested an email address from each donor to acknowledge receipt of donations made.

Last week, the high school swim and dive team held a fundraiser during the alumni meet to support Daly. On Jan. 4, at the Tri-Meet with the West Express and Seadevils, Minnetonka Swim Club and the Anchor Club will add their support by:  

  • Donating Profits. 100 percent of meet profits will be donated to the Tim Daly Beat Cancer Fund.

  • Fundraising MATCH. All donations collected on Saturday will be matched $1:$1, up to $5,000 donated, by the Minnetonka Anchor Club. The Minnetonka Anchor Club is the booster organization that supports all Minnetonka aquatics programming. Donations are encouraged on Saturday in order to take advantage of this match.


Those wishing to provide meals may contact TakeThemAMeal.com.  

Andrea Daly is coordinating this site and is available to answer questions.  If you click on the link, you will be provided information and be able to sign up to deliver a meal. You may also sign up to have a restaurant (such as Jimmy John’s) that will prepare and deliver a meal.


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