Swim with Pride! Win with Honor! Build Character! 

Pacific Swimming

Our Coaches

Nothing has a greater influence on the quality of children’s sports than the excellence of the coach. The Gilroy Gator Swim Team coaching staff is made up of professionally trained coaches. They, as member coaches in the American Swim Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. Our coaching staff will ensure that your swimmer, regardless of ability level, will receive the very best the sport has to offer.

If you ever have any questions or concerns your swimmer's coach is available to you before and after each practice as well as by phone or email. We ask you to please hold questions for these available times to keep from interrupting the learning of other swimmers during their practice. 


Gators Head Coach 
Jud Shutts

Welcome Gilroy Gators!  I am proud to be your Head Coach.  A bit about myself...I began competitively swimming at age 10. My first meet was in Redding, CA. in a non-heated pool.  My record as an age group swimmer was in the 100-yard Butterfly.  I joined SCSC in 1961 and swam under George Haines.  I earned an athletic scholarship to U of Oregon. I swam varsity for 4 years.  I began coaching at Monte Vista Christian in 12'. I coached for Monte Vista Christian School (MVCS) for 3 years where my daughter attended.  I joined San Benito Aquatics (SBA) and coached beginning in 14'.  I became head coach in 15'.  

My coaching philosophy is simple.  I want my swimmers engaged, teach correct technique, be a role model and mentor.  Coaches impact the lives of our youth because of the nature of the sport with the need to focus, to pay attention, and follow instructions. A unique experience for kids different from teachers and parents.  My goal is to create a positive environment where swimmers can realize their potential and learn life lessons that will help them for the rest of their lives.  I look forward to bringing out the best in performance and attitude and life skills in our young swimmers.     

See you at the pool!  
Coach Jud


Office Hours: By appointment
Phone:  831-902-8763



Assistant Coach
Payton Reeder