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Dick Jochums

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Richard Jochums is an American swimming coach who was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2017 as an Honor Coach.

Coaching Career[edit]

Jochums coached at every level during his career: at swim schools, at colleges and with USS Clubs. He held assistant coaching positions at the University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley and held his first head coaching position at California State University Hayward. He moved from Hayward to Long Beach State, while also coaching the Long Beach Swim Club, and then on to the University of Arizona in 1978. In his 20-year career in collegiate swimming, his teams had 12 top ten finishes. In 1995, he moved Santa Clara and returned the famed Santa Clara Swim Club’s men’s team to the title of national champions in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He retired from full-time coaching in 2007.

In the era of American male swimming dominance, Jochums became the USA’s middle distance guru and placed swimmers on every major USA international team from 1973 through 1988. He was assistant or head coach of 8 major USA National Teams. Among his swimmers are two Hall of Famers: Tim Shaw and Bruce Furniss. At one time, Shaw simultaneously held the world record in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle. At the 1975 World Championships, Shaw won 3 gold medals, for which he received the coveted the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. At the same meet, his other swimmers, Greg Jagenburg won 2 gold medals and Steve Furniss one. Also in 1975, his Long Beach Swim Club team of Rex Favero, Bruce Furniss, Tim Shaw and Steve Furniss set the world record in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. It was the last club team to set a world relay record.

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