Coach Downs started swimming in high school and instantly took to the sport. Upon graduating from Evansville North High School in 2013, he attended the University of Southern Indiana where he recieved a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Jake has been coaching for GREAT since 2016, and took over as the Head Coach in March of 2020. His passion and enthusiasm for coaching and swimming shine bright, and helps our athletes reach their full potential both in and out of the water. Along with coaching for GREAT, Jake also coaches for Evansville North High School, where he has coached since 2013 and been the head coach since 2018. He also has experience coaching for Oak Meadow Country Club's summer league swim team.
Having played and or coached many sports, Coach Jake believes that there is no better sport than swimming to teach valuable life lessons, and to help kids grow into exemplary adults and role models. Having coached swimmers of a wide range of age and ability has given him the insight and perspective needed to help all of our athletes achieve goals of all levels.
Why do you coach?
I coach to inspire, encourage, impact and empower my athletes to become the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be.