Paragon Awards                           Presented By

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.

Theodore “Ted” Boyett, BS, MS

Aquatic Director, Coach & Teacher

2013 Paragon Award / Recreational Swimming

Ted Boyett has been involved in recreational swimming for over 50 years, currently serving as the Pool Manager for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Wisconsin. In this position, he oversees the entire aquatic operation: budgeting, personnel, programs, marketing and maintenance. Under his auspices the pool has increased revenue through increased programming and participation while reducing expenditures to achieve approximately 10% budget surplus in his first year. It appears his second year will be a repeat performance.

He assists the Physical Education Department Coordinator teaching Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor classes. As part of the W.S.I. class, the instructor candidates teach 3rd and 5th grade students from the six district elementary schools for five lessons throughout the school year. Third graders focus on learn to swim while the 5th grade students learn life long skills including kayaking, basic rescue skills, and self-rescue skills. This is a model program. Approximately 1,000 - 1,200 elementary students are reached each year, in addition to the hundreds of middle and high school students.


Ted served as the coordinator of Aquatics and managed the Tootell Aquatic Center at the University of Rhode Island for 13 years from 1995 to 2007. During that time, there were many accomplishments set by the Tootell Aquatic Program under his guidance and the aegis of the office of Recreational Services within the Department of Athletics. Several significant achievements include an increase in participation by 5% per year and a 682% increase in non student recreation fee revenues.


While at URI, Ted received, among other awards, the United States Water Fitness Association’s Top Aquatic Program in the Nation 1998 to 1999, 2003, 2005; the Top University Program in the Nation 1997 to 2006; and the Top 100 Aquatic Directors in the Nation 1997 to 2006.


Ted spent 13 years as Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Aquatic Director at Georgia State University. He taught Physical Education, Continuing Education and Recreational Services. He ended his collegiate swimming and diving team coaching career with a lifetime record of 143 wins and 87 losses, built one of the strongest recreational scuba programs in the Southeast and initiated sports groups for individuals with and without disabilities in addition to his duties as Aquatics Director.


During the previous four years, from 1979 to 1982, at Josephine County Parks Department, Grants Pass, Oregon, Ted established sound operations at both of the county’s two new aquatic complexes, which he helped design. He built strong programs in collaboration with local schools along with offering sound recreational opportunities and varied swimming lessons for the general public. Swim World, one of the two complexes, was considered to offer one of the regions premiere infant and toddler programs.


Prior to the Josephine County position, 1975 to1979, Ted was the first District Administrator for North Humboldt Recreation and Park District, a special purpose California tax district in Arcata California, home of his alma mater Humboldt State. He received his Bachelor’s degree in physical education just five years earlier at Humboldt State University. As District Administrator he supervised the completion of the Arcata Natatorium and served as the Administrative agent for the Arcata-North Humboldt Recreation Authority. He wrote and administered several CETA grants. The recreation area is used by thirteen school districts, Humboldt State University and the College of Redwoods used the N.H.R.P.D. facilities in addition to local residents.


Ted began his full time aquatic career at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon, after receiving his Masters degree from Stanford University in 1971. During his four year tenure at Lewis and Clark, the women’s swim team, which he initiated, took two league championships and the water polo team, with Ted as a player/coach, finished second in the Oregon Water Polo League. Lewis and Clark was host for the Portland Interscholastic League swimming meets, hosted regional A.A.U. synchronized swim meets and sponsored both water polo and synchronized swimming clinics. In addition, he served on staff at the American Red Cross National Aquatic School in Seaside Oregon for three years.


In his storied career, Ted has received numerous professional awards from the American Red Cross, the U.S. Water Fitness Association, Aquatics International, American Association for Leisure and Recreation and Who’s Who in Aquatic Leadership.

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