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.