John Westkott to be Inducted into RI Aquatic HOF

NEW LONDON,Conn.—John Westkott, the Coast Guard Academy men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach, will be one of six individuals inducted into the Rhode Island
Aquatic Hall of Fame on April 26th at the Quidnessett Country Club.

Westkott has been honored as New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year five times and the men’s team has won six conference championship (1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006-2008). Seven other seasons the men have been runners up at the NEWMAC meet. The women have consistently improved to being within the top four finishers in recent years.

The swimmers and divers also boast success in the classroom, with numerous Scholar All-American selections for individuals and as a program. The men won the prestigious Dean’s Trophy in 2011 for highest grade point average at the Academy. There have been many swimmers and divers selected for aviation training directly from the Academy, a prized posting for commissioned ensigns.

During his time at the Academy, John has coached an NCAA champion, as well as many All-America selectees and honorable mention selectees. There have been four different swimmers selected as NEWMAC Athletes of the Year since 1999, and two of those were multiple year recipients of that award. The Coast Guard swimmers and divers are consistently some of the best performers at the conference championship and have earned team success. The men's team has a phenomenal dual meet record of 111-29 for a winning percentage of .793 under Westkott.

John arrived at the Academy after finishing his Master’s Degree in Education at Springfield College, where he was an assistant coach for the swimming and diving program, and teaching fellow for the Physical Education Department. John graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in English and History where he swam for his dad Mick Westkott and played water polo. After graduating, he served as an assistant coach for URI as well as the Rams Swimming Club, the local USS team.

Coach Westkott has served on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships Committee from 2001 to 2010.  As the Aquatic Director and a Physical Education instructor, John has guided and instructed the cadets in the health and physical education at the Coast Guard Academy. His primary teaching responsibility is the Survival at Sea program all incoming cadets must complete as well as scuba instruction and the teaching of swimming.            

The Annual Dinner will be held at Quidnessett Country Club on Friday evening, April 26, 2013.  For ticket information contact Ken Reall at ken_reall@yahoo.com or 401-230-0032 or Victor Bevilacqua at 401-255-5897.

 

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