Paragon Awards Presented By
Gregory Eggert (USA)
2019 Paragon Award / Competitive Swimming
Over the last 30 years, Greg Eggert has been one of the leading figures within USA Swimming, United States Aquatic Sports, the YMCA, UANA and FINA, in a variety of roles and duties.
Greg Eggert began as a swimmer on the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA, and later served as an assistant swim coach for the LHY team for one season. He was head coach at the West Morris YMCA for two seasons and then for two seasons as an assistant coach to Jim Wood at the Berkeley Aquatic Club in New Jersey. As an age group coach, he served as the Manager of several Eastern Zone All Star Teams and served as the Age Group Chair for New Jersey Swimming followed by two terms as the General Chair of New Jersey Swimming.
Eggert was elected to the USA Swimming Board of Directors as an Eastern Zone director and subsequently elected as USA Swimming Vice President. He served as Special Assistant to USA Swimming President Dale Neuburger. He was appointed to the International Relations Committee in 1998 and served as a member for 20 years including one term as the co-chair of the committee. He also served the shortest tenure of any member on the ISHOF Board of Directors during the transition from one CEO to the next.
Eggert served as the Press Information Manager at the 1995 FINA Water Polo World Cup and in the same role at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Appointed as a member of the FINA Commission in 2000 and in 2017, he was appointed by FINA President Julio Maglione to serve as the Honorary Secretary of the FINA Media Committee. he serves as editor for the Americas of the FINA Aquatics Magazine and contributes articles to the magazine about athletes and coaches across each of the aquatic disciplines. Since 2004, he has served as the Media Officer of United States Aquatic Sports. Eggert has worked for NBC at the US Olympic Trials and various broadcasts of USA Swimming Nationals and the Duel in the Pool, and for ESPN during the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Appointed as the Media Officer of UANA by UANA President Eldon Godfrey in 2007, Eggert will serve in the role through August 2019. He was appointed Executive Director of UANA in 2015 and is responsible for oversight of the aquatic disciplines at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in August 2019.
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