Over the course of his 24 years in the coaching profession, John Bitter has had the opportunity to train, develop, and establish swimmers and programs throughout the United States. John came to SCSC in September of 1995 as the Associate Head Coach, under the Dick Jochums. Working with Jochums, SCSC went on to win two National tiles for Men and one national title combined. Besides this, SCSC placed Tom Wilkens on the USA Olympic Team in 2000. Tom went on to win a bronze medal in the 200 IM.
Following the retirement of Jochums in December of 2006, John was elevated to the position of Head Coach of Santa Clara Swim Club. In this position, the club has seen tremendous growth in the number of swimmers and programs offered to the swimming community. In September of 2009, John was also given the title of CEO of the organization and today he heads a swim program that has diversified itself into Adult Fitness, Competitive, Developmental, and Learn-to-Swim programming.
As a coach, John accomplishments have been numerous. He has been a an Assistant Coach for the USA Swimming Junior Pan-Pac team in 2010, a two-time USA Swimming Select Camp coach, a USA Swimming Zone Development Camp Coach. John also currently serves as the General Chair for Pacific Swimming. John’s swimmers have produce multiple National, Junior, and Olympic qualifiers and he has had many of his former swimmers go on to compete in college at such schools as University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Rice University, Indiana University-Bloomington, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, just to name a few. The biggest joy John receives as a coach is when one of his swimmers is given the opportunity to continue his or her swimming at the college level, while also receiving their degree. Besides his work on the club level, John has also had success as a college coach, having trained the 1989 NCAA Champion in the Men’s 1650 Free.
As a swimmer, John swam for Jim Tynan at Sugar Creek Swim Club in St. Louis, then for Martha Tillman at Washington University in St. Louis. Transferring after his sophomore year, John went on to swim for Dick Jochums at the University of Arizona. John was team captain his senior year. John received his B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and has done masters work in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco.