Coach Hague Adds Two More District Titles to Impressive Career

January 23, 2019

In Coach David Hague's final season as Central High School's head swim coach, the Bobcats and Lady Cats each added one more district title to his impressive 41-year career.

The boys and girls swim teams both swept the District 2-6A titles in Midland last Thursday. The Bobcats finished with 174 points to beat out second-place Midland High while the Lady Cats scored 193 points to beat Midland High for the title. The Boys have now won 9 consecutive district titles and 13 of the last 15 titles and the girls have won 10 of the last 13 district titles. 

Under the leadership of Coach Hague, who began coaching swimming at Central High School in 1978, the boys' team has won a total of 20 District Titles and finished 2nd 12 times while the girls' team has won 13 District Titles and finished 2nd 14 times. 

He has also lead the boys and girls to one regional title each, with numerous 2nd and 3rd place regional finishes.

Hague has also been named Boys District Coach of the Year 25 times, Girls District Coach of the year 18 times, Boys Regional coach of the Year six times, and Girls Regional coach of the Year twice. In 2016, he was named the 2016 Boys 6A State Coach of the Year. 

And he's not done yet. Next up for the swim team is the Regional Championship in Lubbock February 1-2. 32 swimmers total (16 boys and 16 girls) from Central have qualified to compete. 

Hague, who is retiring at the end of this school year, says that he plans to "continue to swim 4-5 days a week, travel, play golf, and just enjoy retirement." 

He will be turning the swim program over to Matt McLaughlin, his current assistant Coach and former 4 time state qualifier for Central from 2006-2009. McLaughlin still holds the school records in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. "I have complete faith in his ability to keep the program going in the right direction and contend for many District titles in the future," said Hague of McLaughlin. "I plan on swimming with Matt some days at Central, but other than that I definitely do not want to be in the way.  It will be his team and his program hopefully for a long time to come."

Hague was an All-State/All-New England high school swimmer in Cranston, Rhode Island and a NCAA Division II All American while attending Keene State College in New Hampshire. Coach Hague still competes in U.S. Masters Swimming, and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in his age group. He has set several Masters National and Masters World records in individual events and relay events. Coach Hague was the 2014 recipient of the TISCA Theron Pickle Lifetime Achievement Award.