The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
Dana Abbott (USA) / NISCA President
2008 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming
Dana Abbott is an outstanding coach and leader in high school swimming not only in his state of Texas but throughout the nation. He has been a role-model for the thousands of high school swimmers he has coached since 1971 and an inspiration for the hundreds of coaches who have attended his clinics and lectures. He has been a Texas State Coach of theYear three times and District/Regional Coach numerous times. With 25 years as Head Coach of Katy High School and two years at Pope John XXIII, he has developed numerous swimming, diving and academic All-Americans, but Dana's contribution to high school swimming goes beyond his love of working with the students. He is a leader in the National
Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) having served on the national level as Marketing Director, President and President Elect. He will soon assume the President's position for a second time, the first time in the 75 year history of the organization that has occurred. His leadership has helped to increase the organization's financial sponsorship. He co-authored the NISCA Constitution and By-Law Revisions. As a member of TISCA, he is the only person to hold all the four elected offices in Texas.As a clinician, Dana has spoken in over seven states in the nation and his writings have been published in the NISCAJournal, SwimmingWorld Magazine and Swim- Info.com. He was a contributor to the joint ASCA/NISCA/USA Swimming treatise on mutual cooperation of competitive swimming programs.