Altus High School’s Coach Wiginton named National High School Swimming Coach of the Year
Linda Wiginton was selected as the 2015 National Federation of State High School Associations Boys Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year. Coach Wiginton began coaching swimming and diving in the Altus School District in 1981, when the program began. She holds a career record of 1,153 wins and 105 losses, and two State Boys’ Swimming championship titles.
Coach Wiginton began teaching swimming lessons at the age of sixteen. A 1971 Altus High graduate, she returned to Altus in 1977 to teach English. With the announcement of the partnership between the City of Altus and Altus Schools to build a swimming pool and begin a swimming program, Coach Wiginton sought her dream job! “Coaching allows me to build deeper relationships with the student athletes,” Wiginton said. “Sometimes I have an athlete from 7th -12th grade. This provides a great opportunity for me to impact my swimmers’ lives. Responsibility and discipline are skills athletics teaches young people and they can carry those lessons throughout their lives. I am blessed to have great swimmers, wonderful parents, and a great assistant coach, Michael Shive, plus administration which continually support the swimming program. I also have the constant support of my husband, Larry, who is very patient with all of the time swimming takes. I am truly blessed.”
In addition to coaching, Wiginton attends church, enjoys her farm animals and enjoys supporting her family and grandchildren in all that they do.