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.
2005 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming
Pat is in his third year as the Managing Director of the new Club Development Division at USA Swimming. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive plan for strengthening and supporting the club system in America. Accomplishments during his first two years include a significant expansion of field services to include facilities assistance as well as creation of several new programs targeted at supporting clubs and coaches.
Prior to joining the USA Swimming staff in Colorado Springs, Pat served nine years as the Head Coach of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. During that time, he led Mecklenburg's resurgence as one of the top club programs in the nation. At the 1997 Spring Nationals, MAC won the Women's division title to earn the team's first national championship. During Pat's tenure in Charlotte, the MAC program produced one Olympian, two national champions, seven national team members, ten world-ranked swimmers, and won 18 consecutive North Carolina State Championships.
Pat served as Head Women's Coach for Team USA at the 2002 Short Course World Championships and is a several time Assistant Coach for USA national teams. He was named Coach of Year by North Carolina Swimming four times - 1995, 1996, 1998, and 2000.
As a young coach, Pat apprenticed under Olympic Head Coaches Richard Quick and Skip Kenney. He developed strong, nationally prominent club programs as the former Head Coach of the Dynamo Swim Club, Atlanta GA (1980-1986) and the Trinity Aquatic Team, Orlando Florida (1988-1993).
During his coaching career, he was an active volunteer in the administration of swimming at both the local and national levels. He served on the USA Swimming Board of Directors for eight years and, most recently, four years as chairman of the International Relations Committee. A member of the American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors for six years, Pat served as President of the 5000-member coaches' organization from 1999-2001.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he graduated from Southern Methodist University. Pat and wife Diane are the proud parents of 10-year old Katie and 76-year old Kevin.