Head Coach, Santa Clara Swim Team
Dick Jochums was the head coach of Santa Clara Swim Club from July 1995 to 2007. He has been successful at all levels of swimming from swim school to college and USS Clubs. He has held assistant coaching positions at the University of Washington, where he earned his BA and MS, University of California at Berkeley, and held his first coaching position at Cal-State Hayward. While he was head coach at Cal-State Hayward, he founded the Concord Swim Club, known today as the Terrapin Swim Club. In 1978, Dick moved from Hayward to Long Beach State and then on to the University of Arizona. His teams had 12 top ten finishes in his 20 year career of coaching in collegiate swimming.
Coach Jochums’ club programs have won 5 national titles and always in the top ten, with 18 top five finishes. At SCSC, he returned the club to the title of National Champion with the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Summer Long Course Men’s National Championship Titles. Dick has trained a number of Olympians. His swimmers have been awarded 12 Olympic medals, set 25 world records, 60 American records and 7 NCAA records. Jochums was the last coach to have his team set and hold a relay world record in World swimming with the Beach Swim Club’s Men’s 800 free relay in 1978. This feat has not been accomplished since. Dick Jochums’ retired after serving as head coach for the Santa Clara Swim Club in 2007.
Equally important a great family record as well, Dick and his wife Mara of 48 years have one son, three daughters, and three grandsons and a granddaughter. Dick acknowledges that swimmers are a unique breed and the sport provides an opportunity to learn about the value of oneself. He is proud to be a part of the swimming brotherhood, a sport that enables athletes to take a challenge of which they are never defeated. Dick stresses that “winning is much more than taking first place…it’s a lesson that stays with a swimmer for life ~ Kids make coaches!”
Coach Jochums’ Personal Accomplishments:
- ASCA Coach of the Year 1974
- Coached Swimmers to 12 Olympic medals
- Coached Swimmers to set 25 World Records and 60 American Records
- Selected to numerous USA Swimming International Staffs as head coach and assistant