Germantown Academy Hires Jeff Thompson As New Head Coach

  4 Braden Keith | June 19th, 2014 | Featured, High School, News

It’s been a nervous few months for the alumni of the proud tradition that is the Germantown Academy swimming program, but on Thursday, they officially have their new coach. Jeff Thompson, the head coach of the Terre Haute, Indiana club team since 1997, has been chosen as the new head coach, according to The Intelligencer.

Those close to the situation tell us that there were other candidates for this job with greater national profiles, but ultimately Thompson was chosen for the opportunity to build a resume of his own at Germantown.

In Thompson’s time with the Terre Haute Torpedoes, the best-known swimmer to come out of the program is Louisville breaststroker/freestyler Addison Bray. Bray, who will be a senior this coming fall, earned an All-America honor by finishing 14th in the 200 breaststroke at this spring’s NCAA Championship meet.

The Intelligencer says that the decision was unanimously voted upon by a search committee and the former head coach Dick Shoulberg, who has been named the “coach emeritus” for the time being.

Shoulberg went on hiatus early in the 2013-2014 season at Germantown amid much mystery, but also amid much controversy. He was reinstated in December, but as “coach emeritus” until the end of the 2014-2015 season.

Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) has a legendary swimming program that has produced several Olympians, including 1988 silver medalist David Wharton.

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  1. Swim27 says:
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    Great choice Germantown Academy
    Jeff is a great fit into the school and swim program and has the ability to help the program mend after very public rocky year.

  2. Mike says:
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    Big score for GA and Jeff Thompson. Sounds like this was Dick Shoulbergs choice and appears Shoulberg will be a key component along with coaches Crippen and Lear who did a great job over the season.
    Best of luck to Jeff in his new role

  3. H2Opinion says:
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    I believe David Wharton was the 1988 Olympic silver medalist behind Tamas Darnyi.

  4. Lauren'smom says:
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    @H2Opinion, you are correct. Wharton’s Olympic silver medal was in Seoul in 1988.

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