USMS Award Recipient

U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year Award

Recipient: Whitney Hedgepeth
Year: 2013
LMSC: South Texas

Ask any Masters swimmer from her team about the single best quality of their program and the first thing they will tell you is how fortunate they are to have this year's winner as their coach. She is the heart, soul and, some say, the brains of their organization. A decorated Olympic swimmer and mother of three, she brings to her program a wealth of knowledge in both swimming and family life; as well as dedication, passion and leadership. During her 8 years at the helm, she has guided her club to increasingly higher levels of growth, interpersonal connections, and successes in the pool, open water, and postal events. She equally coaches beginners, triathletes, open water aficionados, and paralympians. Her swimmers have set LMSC, National, and World Records. A regular contributor to SWIMMER and AUSTIN FIT, she is also featured speaker in the Austin area. She embodies all of the qualities that we look for in winning this award.

Ladies and gentlemen: The 2013 USMS Coach of the Year, from Longhorn Aquatics in South Texas, is Whitney Hedgepeth.