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.
William H. Walker
President USA Diving / Coach
2012 Paragon Award / Competitive Diving
Bill Walker served as President of USA Diving from 1998 to 2002 and Immediate Past President from 2002 to 2008. His long-range plan for USA Diving was instrumental in enabling the transition from a small, volunteer-driven organization to a strong one with a CEO and Board of Directors. He served on the USD Olympic/International Committee as the U.S. National Team Leader at the DDR and USSR duel meets. He was Commissioner in Indianapolis at the VI FINA World Cup and served as the Technical Committee USA member of the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas for the Pan American Games. In addition, he
served as United States Diving Foundation Founding Trustee and Chair; a Member of the USD Board of Directors; Chairman of the Business Affairs Advisory Committee; contributing author, Legal Responsibilities of Meet Officials and author of Documentation- USD Safety Manual. He helped publish the USD Dryland Manual in 2009.
Bill is a well-admired diving coach and created St. Petersburg Diving in Florida. He implemented a national program to register “learn to dive” and other local league divers with the City of St. Petersburg. U.S. Diving and corporate sponsors attracted over 300 participants, the largest registered diving program in the U.S. at that time. Walker initiated one of diving’s first affirmative minority outreach programs through his relationship with minority USA National Team athlete, Darrell Moore, increasing minority participation by more than 15%. Documentation on this program is still being used today. As the head diving coach at St. Petersburg Catholic High School since 1996, he has coached state champions and U.S. Junior Olympics National qualifiers. Many St. Petersburg divers won NCAA Division I scholarships. His divers have earned positions at over nine colleges and universities.
Walker has been a certified United States and FINA Judge since 1982, officiating at the U.S. Olympic Trials, the NCAA Men’s National Championships, the USSR and DDR dual meets, the Goodwill Games in Moscow, the USA International FINA competitions and the Pan American Games in Havana, (1990), Argentina (1994) and Canada (1999). He was the Event Referee at the FINA World Junior Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Walker served as Diving Chair for the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and on the Code Revision Committee for U.S. Synchronized Swimming, Inc..
Bill Walker is a 1968 University of Miami graduate and a graduate of Stetson University College of Law. He was a member of the Hurricanes Swimming and Diving Team. Walker’s service to his family, community, country and swimming spans more than four decades.
Walker received the U.S. Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year Award, Aquatics International’s “Who’s Who” Award, the “Glen McCormick Memorial” Award for Outstanding Service and the City of St. Petersburg Volunteer of the Year Award. In his law practice, he has received the Rotary International Paul- Harris Fellow, the “Heroes Among Us Award” for public service outside the practice of law, as well as the “Barney Award” for professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.
An “AV Rated” Licensed Attorney since October 1973, Walker has been in private practice in the field of business and commercial trial law since 1977. He built a thriving law practice, one client at a time, representing individuals and businesses locally, nationally and internationally. He served as Assistant State Attorney of the 6th Judicial Circuit U.S. District Court, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also the Editor at the Stetson Law Review and has published and been featured in many law publications.