Wiginton, Hardwick named National Coach of the Year finalists

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Linda Wiginton, Altus High School Swimming Coach, has been named a National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) 2016 National Coach of the Year Finalist. In addition, Altus Lady Bulldog Basketball Assistant Coach Janice Hardwick has been honored as a NHSACA 2016 National Assistant Coach of the Year Finalist. Both women have been selected among the top eight coaches and assistant coaches in nation.

Both Wiginton and Hardwick are being honored for their outstanding coaching longevity, won-loss records, championship years, honors, service at the high school level, and membership in the NHSACA.

As finalists for the 2016 National NHSACA Coach of the Year and 2016 National Assistant Coach of the Year Coach Wiginton and Coach Hardwick will be honored at the National Awards Banquet in Louisville, Ky. on Wednesday, June 29. At that time the National Coach of the Year will be announced. The banquet is held in conjunction with the NHSACA 51st National Convention being held June 25-29.

Wiginton was recently 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.

Hardwick began her stint as an assistant coach six years ago, after a very successful career as a head girls’ basketball coach. Coach Hardwick began her career in 1974. She spent 28 years at the helm of the Navajo Lady Indians program. “It has been a nice change to still be involved in the sport and with the girls without having all of the responsibility of a head coach,” Hardwick stated.

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