CEO, Co-Hd Coach, Simpkins Site Director
Coach Jim Aumann started with Santa Cruz Swimming 7-years ago in 2011. He has coached handfuls of Far Western and Junior Olympic Finalists. He coaches because he enjoys the wonderful people he get to work with and the opportunity to help young swimmers develop self-esteem, responsibility, independence, determination, and focus.
Jim started coaching as a student assistant from 1992-1995, at the University of Utah, where they won the conference championships each year. He started several USA Swimming clubs in Utah, which placed numerous swimmers at Far Western, Western Zone, Sectional finals. Several of these swimmers went on to be future college team captains at Utah, USC, UCSB, and UCSD.
Upon moving to California, he worked 5 years at UC Irvine Swimming(NCAA - Div1), helping the team earn the schools first several conference titles, and worked with a number of NCAA finalists, and a Team USA World Cup Championships swimmer. During the school year Jim also assisted with many great swimmers and coaches at Aquazot Swim Team(AZOT), helping the team earn JO and Sectional Team Championship titles (many of these swimmers went on to be standout swimmers for Cal, Stanford, USC, Arizona, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, and Nebraska). During the UC Irvine summer breaks he directed a fun and very competitive summer swim program in Oregon (sending swimmers on to swim with OSU, WSU, and UW).
As a swimmer, he started competitive swimming at age 6 (eventually helping his club team win 10 straight state championships). Jim swam in high school and then walked-on to the college team where he worked his way to a degree, NCAA Div-1 Championships, several US National Championships, and eventually a full scholarship. As a swimmer in college he helped the team earn 4 consecutive conference title (plus 3 more as the sprint coach) and was top point scorer for the team his senior year. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and has been ASCA and USA Swimming certified as a coach.
In his time away from the pool he enjoys wavesailing, longboarding, cycling, reading, and playing music.