2021 INDUCTEE TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
David Hague began his swimming career competing in Age Group Swimming for the Cranston Swim Club under Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame inductee James Lynch and continued his career at Cranston West Middle School and Cranston West High School, again under the tutelage of Coach at Jim Lynch.
In high school, David earned Journal Bulletin first team All-State honors as a member of the 400 yard Freestyle Relay all three years and was a finalist in the New England Interscholastic Championship Swim Meet. David was co-captain along with Hall of Fame Inductee Richard Burrows of the 1972 Cranston West High School Rhode Island Interscholastic Championship Team and the 1972 New England Interscholastic Championship Team.
David attended Keene State College where he successfully completed all four years at the New England Intercollegiate level. While at Keene State he held college records in the 50 yard freestyle- 22.3, 100 yard freestyle – 48.60, 200 yard freestyle – 1:49.80, and the 400 yard freestyle relay – 3::18.60. In the 1976 he competed in the NCAA Division III Nationals and placed 11th in the 400 yard medley relay, earning All American Honors.
He continued swimming at the Master Level of the United States Swimming setting a world record in 1986 in Tokyo, Japan, in the 200 yard long course freestyle relay – 1;35.70. He again in 1994, Montreal, Canada, set world records in the 50 meter long course butterfly – 26.66 and the 200 meter long course medley relay – 1:47.60. Continuing with Masters he set a national record in Nashville, TN in the 50 yard butterfly – 23.32.
David is being inducted in recognition of his notable teaching and coaching achievements. During his forty-one year coaching career at Central High School in SanAngelo, Texas, he coached numerous Texas High School All-State and All American swimmers. He has been recognized as a National High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year, Texas High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year, and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
David and his wife Val who continue to reside in SanAngelo, TX have been married thirty-two years and are the proud parents of two sons, John and James.