Tom M Thorum
Head Swim Coach
Thomas M. Thorum accepted the head swimming coach position with Olympus High school in 2013 and has been the head coach of the Olympus Aquatics (OA) club swim team since its inception that same year. In his first season at the helm, Tom led OA to a top 10 finish in the 2014 Utah Long Course State Championships. In 2018 and 2019, OA finished 1st at the Utah Short Course Age Group State Championships. He successfully grew the team from zero swimmers in August 2013 to more than 180 today. Tom brings over 40 years of competitive swimming experience from multiple levels to OA. He began swimming competitively at age 5 in Salt Lake City at the Fort Douglas Country Club under his father Thomas Thorum, Sr. Tom swam for the Salt Lake Tsunami Swim Team from 1982-1988, for East High School from 1986-1990, and for the University of Utah from 1990-1994. Tom was Team Captain at East High in 1990, where he received the Eric Hoff award, and Team Captain at the University of Utah in 1994. From 1989-1997, he was also an Assistant Coach for the Fort Douglas Summer League team. During this time, the Fort's swim team went undefeated and produced several collegiate swimmers including two Olympic Trial qualifiers and one World Championship qualifier. In 1995, he was an Assistant Coach at the University of Utah and in 1998 he coached at the Salt Lake Tennis Club. This was the first season in over 16 years that the Club’s swim team went undefeated and won the Conference Championship. Tom continued swimming competitively at the Masters level and attended multiple Masters National Championship meets including the US Masters Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000, where he set the Utah State Masters record in the 100-yard backstroke, Santa Clara, California in 2001, and Honolulu, Hawaii in 2002. As a triathlete, Tom completed five Ironman events in New Zealand, Canada, Hawaii, Brazil, and qualified for the Ironman World Championships in 2004 and 2006. In 2006, he recorded the third fastest Ironman swim in history. In 2009, he was recruited back to the Salt Lake Tennis Club as Director of Aquatics and led the swim team to Conference Championships in 2009 and 2011. Tom is currently an ASCA Level 2 coach responsible for the OA 13-14 Silver Team and Senior Teams. In 2015, he was selected as the Utah Age Group Zone Team head coach, which competed in Hawaii at the Western Zone Age Group Championships in August. In 2017, Tom was awarded Utah Swimming Age Group Coach of the year. Tom is a 1995 graduate of the University of Utah, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and a 1998 graduate of the University of Utah Graduate School of Architecture, where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.