Legendary TISCA Coach Passes Away

Posted by Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association on Dec 01 2022 at 05:32AM PST


It is with sadness that we share we have learned that 2019 Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame inducted coach, H.G. Pete Payne has passed away. Coach Payne was a mainstay of Texas Swimming and Diving for many years and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Coach Payne was “one of the only three NISCA coaches to have won five or more state championships in two different states, having won 11 swimming and diving championships in Oklahoma and Texas. Texas Coach of the Year three times and nominated for National High School Coach of the Year. He led his teams to 11 or more regional championships in Texas and five in Oklahoma. Based on times, he led the nation in high school swimming in 1999 and was runner-up three other years. Throughout his career, he coached 141 all-Americans, three of whom set NISCA records, and 60 all-American relays. In 2006, he was awarded the NISCA Outstanding Service Award.” (Source TSDHOF)