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Malone Named To
POSTED: 11/20/2003
Kansas City Blazers Head Swim Coach Pete Malone was recently named among a list of the 25 Most Influential People in the History of USA Swimming.

"It means I'm achieving a major professional and personal goal," Malone said of the honor. "One of my goals has always been to make the world better for the time I spent here. To be recognized over time for contributing to our sport was certainly special."

USA Swimming is the national governing body for all swimming in this country relating to the Olympic Movement. The organization announced its Most Influential list, as well as an accompanying list of eight pioneers in the field, as part of its celebration of its 25th year.

According to the group's website, names on the lists were selected by voters from nearly 100 names. Honorees were chosen for their longtime dedication to the organization of swimming in the United States.

Malone said he knew the Most Influential list was being prepared and contributed several names for it, but was surprised to learn his name had been submitted.

"It's a pretty spectacular neighborhood," Malone said of his co-honorees, who he noted consist of more volunteers than coaches.

Malone has coached for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Blazers Swim Team for more than 28 years. He decided to pursue a career in coaching in 1971 and has been with the JCPRD since May 1975.

Malone was recently named one of two coaches who will coach the US men’s and women’s teams for the 2004 World Swimming Championships in Indianapolis when the event takes place in the US for the first time. In September of 2001, he was honored with the USA Swimming Award, long considered the highest recognition of outstanding contributions to the organization and to the sport.

Among his many other honors, Malone has coached four Olympic athletes since 1984, including two gold medalists: Janie Wagstaff in Barcelona in 1992, and Catherine Fox in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. In 1999, he served as Head Women's Coach for the United States Team in the Pan American Games and oversaw a four-day training camp in preparation for the games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In 1998, he was the head coach for the U.S. National Team versus the Big 10 All-Stars, a college team, in Chicago, where he coached his team to victory. Earlier, he was head womens coach for the Short Course World competition in 1995 and an assistant coach for the World University Games in 1985. He is a two-time vice president of the American Swim Coaches Association and has been named regional coach of the year eight times and Missouri Valley Coach of the Year seven times.

A complete listing of the 25 Most Influential People in the History of USA Swimming can be viewed on the organization's website at:

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