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Inducted May 2004
Pete Foley started his swimming career at the Portland Boys Club with legendary coach Harold Paulson. Through high school and college, Pete was a member of many Portland Boys Club championship teams and won a number of Maine and New England AAU championships. He was a standout swimmer for Cheverus and concluded his high school career by winning two events at the State Meet and a third place at the New England Championships.
He went to Kent State University on a swimming scholarship and was a two time team MVP and a two year captain. He graduated holding nine school records and was an All Mid American conference selection.
After receiving his B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education, Pete was named Head Swimming Coach at Niagara University. His coaching career was interrupted by a three year stint of active duty in the Navy.
In 1972, he began his coaching career at Weston High School (Massachusetts) as a physical education teacher and the school’s first swimming coach. In the thirty-two years that Pete has been the Head Coach at Weston, the boys' team has accumulated a 448-36-1 dual meet record while the girls have put together a 70-2-1 meet record. His boys teams have won fifteen Massachusetts State Championships, and two NISCA national dual meet titles.
During his time at Weston, Pete has coached twelve All Americans and this winter two of his relays and one individual have earned All American consideration. He has been selected as Massachusetts Coach of the Year numerous times. In 1988, Pete was selected as NISCA Zone 1 Coach of the Year and in 1996 he was recognized by the National Federation as National High School Swimming Coach of the Year.
Pete was inducted into the Massachusetts Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1994, he received the NISCA prestigious Meritorious Service Award. He served in the Naval Reserves for twenty five years and retired in 1997 with the rank of Captain.