Charles "Red" Silva (1911-1998) was an American swimming coach who trained several New England-based marathon swimmers for English Channel attempts and was instrumental in organizing man local marathon swims. Silva was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976 for having coached more than 200 All-America swimmers during a 41-year coaching career at Springfield College including an Olympic gold medal winner. he served as the chairman of its board of directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Coach in 1978.
Silva won a New England championship and set several college records as an athlete. He coached and taught life-saving procedures at the college from 1937 until his retirement in 1978. His teams won 214 meets and 10 New England championships.
IMSHOF Honour Coaches
- Richard “Dick” Campion, Australia, inducted 2010/11
- Gilles Potvin, Canada, inducted 2006
- Gus Ryder, Canada, inducted 1981
- Charles “Red” Silva, USA, inducted 1978
- Tom Watch, Great Britain, inducted 1986
- Freda Streeter, Great Britain, inducted 2005
- Don Watson, USA inducted 2013