Prior to his work at USA Swimming, he was the executive director of the Senior PGA TOUR Tournament Directors Association where he also served on planning committees for the World Golf Village and International Golf Hall of Fame. From 1989-1996 he was the executive director of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team, the national governing body for that Olympic sport. From 1983-1989, Wielgus was the executive director of the Hilton Head Island (South Carolina) Recreation Association, where he led the effort that produced the master plan for the resort island’s public recreation facilities and sports programs.
From 1974-1983, he was a coach and recreation director in Woodstock, Vermont where he coached basketball, lacrosse and swimming, and served two terms as the president of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association.
Wielgus received a M.Ed. from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1974, and a B.A. in History from Providence College in 1972. He also attended Virginia Military Institute (1968-70).
He was recognized as a Sports Ethics Fellow in 1996 by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, and has received awards from the American Swimming Coaches Association, College Swimming Coaches Association, International Swimming Hall of Fame, El Pomar Foundation and was the 2011 recipient of the National Great Comebacks Award for his cancer survival and contributions.
Wielgus has co-authored three books, all with Sports Illustrated Senior Writer, Alexander Wolff; and received a credit for the 1994 award-winning movie Hoop Dreams.
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