Tom Confer started his teaching career at Rock Springs High school in September 1950, when the first school pool was built in Rock Springs. He retired thirty- nine years later in 1989. He was the swimming coach and held that position for twenty- seven years. He had three consecutive State Swimming Championship teams in 1960 – 1962. Noted for his success in swimming, “Tom” had an overall record of one hundred and eight –one wins and eighty –one losses, including seven District championship team, one State runner up title and three State championships. Coach Confer had swimmers and divers that held state and local records for many years even after he retired. Tom Confer received numerous awards including the Wyoming State Coach of the Year of the NHSACA and was inducted into the Wyoming Hall of Fame in 1984.
As an educator first, he taught swimming at Rock Springs High School and East Junior High School. His real claim to fame is the residents in Rock Springs, Reliance, Superior, Warmsutter and Farson that learned to swim because he truly believed everyone should be safe during water activities. He would often pay for some of the kids to swim in the summer.
As an educator first, he taught swimming at Rock Springs High School and East Junior High School. Coaches may be remembered by their winning teams, but it is important to remember those champions that truly affected many lives during their educational tenure. By teaching swimming skills, water safety skills and general enjoyment of water fun a legacy was passed down from generation through generation in the local communities.