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POSTED: 09/24/2001
Kansas City Blazers Head Swim Coach Pete Malone was recently honored with the USA Swimming Award, long considered the highest recognition for service in the sport. This award is not specifically for coaching, but rather honors Malone's overall contribution to swimming.

Malone was presented with this honor by United States Swimming at the 2001 United States Aquatic Sports Annual Convention, which took place Sept. 12 through 15 in Dearborn, Michigan.

”In all my years of coaching, this means more to me than anything else I’ve gotten,” said an emotional Malone.

Malone has coached for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Blazers Swim Team for 26 years. He decided to pursue a career in coaching in 1971 and has been with the JCPRD since May, 1975.

Malone is a member of the US Swimming Steering Committee and currently chairs the National Time Standards Committee. He his a two-time vice president of the American Swim Coaches Association. Malone has been named regional coach of the year eight times and Missouri Valley Coach of the Year seven times.

Among his many 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.

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