With deep sorrow, we share the news of the passing of Westminster legend and coach Pete Higgins.
Starting in 1960, Pete served Westminster for 57 years as a coach, teacher, and friend. His success at the helm of the swimming and diving program is truly unparalleled in the local, national, and international swimming community. He led the program to 42 state championships and coached more than 140 National High School All-American athletes, four Olympic team members, and one Pan-American Games gold medalist.
Pete was the first Westminster coach elected to the Breithaupt Athletic Hall of Fame and was recognized as the National High School Coaches Association State Coach of the Year six times, the Region 7 Coach of the Year three times, and the National High School Federation Coach of the Year twice. He was inducted into the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame as well as the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.
Outside of Westminster, Pete was the founding president of the Georgia Swim Coaches Association and was a board member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were so numerous that the City of Atlanta proclaimed January 5, 1990 “Pete Higgins Day.”
Pete retired from Westminster in 2017 after coaching and inspiring hundreds of Wildcats, both in and out of the pool, which was named in his honor in 2001.
We find comfort in the warm memories and lasting legacy of a remarkable coach and friend.
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