Head Coach Pete Crawford
Pete will be starting his 10th season as a boys head coach and his 1st as the Centennial Head Coach. “I love seeing hard work and dedication pay off at the end of the season with smiles and that look of accomplishment from the 1st year to the veteran swimmer,” says Coach Crawford. “I will always say, you give me 3 months of swimming 5 to 6 days a week, and I guarantee you will be in the best shape then you had ever been before.”
Pete may not have taken your typical way of becoming a swim coach as he didn’t swim in high school. Being from a small town in Wisconsin, his school didn’t offer swimming. So he competed in football, basketball, baseball, and track. But the love of water soon developed from life guarding and teaching swim lessons.
There happened to be people that he worked with who were on the swim team at the University of Wisconsin - Stout and encouraged him to give the swim team a try. It also helped that they were going to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the winter training trip at the hall of fame pool. So he ended up competing both his sophomore and junior year in college on the team. After not being all that competitive his sophomore year, he was able to make consolation finals in the breaststroke at the conference Championship at the end of that season. Unfortunately Stout dropped the swim and dive program after his junior year.
But an opportunity came in the form of the local high school needing a boy’s swim coach. So Pete’s first coaching job was the Menomonie High School Boys Swim team. During his first season he was able to take 1 swimmer (200 and 500 free) and 1 diver to the state meet. Upon Graduating from Stout, Pete found his teaching job at Centennial High School, where he taught for 25 years. The past 8 years he has been at the Middle School teaching Technology Education or what we call STEM.
After 15 years of not coaching swimming, Pete accepted the assistant girls swim coaching job receiving valuable experience from an experienced coach Chip Fetcher. Every year the girls’ team improved until winning the Northwest Suburban Conference Championship from 2011-16 seasons and winning the Section 7AA Championship in 2015 and 16. During the past 10 years there have been 3 All-Americans swimmers and 1 in Diving.
Pete is married to his college sweetheart Terra, and they have 4 children. Olivia, Austin, Carter, and Blake (11th grade). It is probably not a coincident that all the kids swim.