Florida Swimming Pioneer, Bud Hackett Passes Away

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 18. FLORIDA Swimming pioneer, Bud Hackett, 81, passed away last night.

Bud will be sorely missed by the Florida Swimming family. Bud was the husband of Irene Hackett, former longtime Florida Swimming Executive Director, who passed away three years ago. Over the years, Bud served Florida Swimming in almost every volunteer position possible, from coach to official, Board Member to Review Committee Chair, car pool driver to the fan of each and every Florida Swimming athlete.

Along with Irene, Bud was also very active at the national level of USA Swimming. They chaired the United States Aquatic Sports & USA Swimming Convention Committees and the National Registration Committee. Over the years, Bud and Irene together also received every honor USA Swimming and Florida Swimming can bestow upon non-athlete members of the organization, including USA Swimming's highest honor, the USA Swimming Award and the award that meant more to both Bud & Irene than any other they received, the USA Swimming Athletes' Appreciation Award.

Information on services for Bud will be announced tomorrow.