Philip J. Cibik
Oct. 19, 1932 — Jan. 12, 2016
Philip J. Cibik, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Jackson. He was born in Milwaukee on Oct. 19, 1932.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joe and Lil; wife, Catherine; and grandson, Alex.
He was the father of Tina (Jim) Palkert of Vestal, N.Y., Fred (Ann) of Jackson, and Claire Ann, Atlanta. He was the grandfather of Lisa, Gabe, Jayson, Fred (Flynn), Cassie, Christopher, and Katy, and great-grandfather of Alaina, Evan, and Avery.
He graduated from Rufus King High School and Wisconsin State Teacher’s College. Phil made his career as a teacher, coach and athletic director in the Waukesha School District.
Coach Cibik’s proudest accomplishments were his contributions to the Waukesha swimming dynasty. Cibik was instrumental in Waukesha winning 14 state championships in 17 years. The three years they didn’t win, they were runners-up.
Cibik led his teams to a 141-1 record in dual meets.
“Maybe there was something special in the water.”
He was inducted into the UWM Athletic Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin State Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Waukesha South Coaches Wall of Fame.
Phil enjoyed hunting and was a master fisherman. He fished the waters in Canada, the Gulf of Mexico, and Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers. He built his retirement log cabin on the Chippewa River in Rusk County. Phil and Catherine had a 55-year marriage. During their retirement years, they enjoyed entertaining friends and family at their homes in Wisconsin and Orange Beach, Ala.
A private memorial will be held.
Waukesha Express Swim Club inducted Coach Cibik into their Hall of Fame 2015. Donations in his honor can be submitted to Waukesha Express. Click the link “Phil Cibik Memorial Fund” located on the Waukesha Express home page, www.waukeshaexpress.org.