Former Towson Head Coach Jake Shrum Returns To UVA In Assistant Role

Jake Shrum will join the Virginia swimming & diving program as an assistant coach beginning in the 2022-23 season, head coach Todd DeSorbo announced Tuesday.

Shrum, a 2008 UVA grad, will return to his alma mater after spending the last six seasons as the head swimming and diving coach at Towson University. Prior to his time with Towson, Shrum also served as a volunteer assistant with Virginia.

Shrum will take over the assistant coaching position that has been held by Wes Foltz for the last six seasons at UVA. The reason for Foltz’s departure is unknown.

“The synergy of our staff is important to me, and the staff has been integral in our success the last five seasons,” Desorbo said.

“Jake will fit right in and help continue our drive for excellence. He was widely successful at Towson and the fact that he as head coaching experience at the mid-major level is invaluable. I started my coaching career at the mid-major level, in the same conference as Towson, and know that the experience gained at that level is a catalyst for success long term.

“Better yet, Jake is a great person and I’m looking forward to sharing the pool deck as well as many laughs. Beyond that, Jake is a UVA alum, he has already battled for the Hoos and I’m happy to welcome him home!”

Over the course of his six seasons with the Tigers, having joined them in May of 2015, Shrum helped lead both the men’s and women’s teams to new heights, including the men claiming their first-ever CAA Championship in 2020-21.

In 2021-22, Shrum coached Brian Benzing to NCAA honorable mention All-America honors with a 13th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships.

On the women’s side, Shrum led Towson to a seventh-consecutive third-place finish at the CAA Championships in 2022, while the men’s team also placed third this past season.

During his time at UVA as a volunteer assistant, the Cavalier women won a pair of ACC titles and improved from an 11th-place finish at NCAAs in his first year up to a fifth-place finish in 2015.

Prior to UVA, Shrum spent six seasons as the head coach at Albermarle High School, winning Central Virginia High School Swimming Coach of the Year honors in 2013.

Shrum earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia in 2008. As a student-athlete, he was a four-time varsity letter winner and was a member of three ACC Championship teams.

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9 months ago

I wonder what the pay difference between head coach of Towson vs assistant coach at UVA?

9 months ago

UVA family wishes Wes Foltz nothing but the best.

9 months ago

why did he leave towson?

Reply to  swimmer
9 months ago

when your alma mater calls, you answer. Puts him in a great position to get the head coaching job there or at another power five program eventually too.

Reply to  swimmer
9 months ago

Did you just answer yourself?

Reply to  UsedtoSwim
9 months ago

didn’t notice that the guy was also named swimmer, guess i have to get more creative with my handles

9 months ago

Amazing hire! Congrats Jake and UVA!

Towson Swammer
9 months ago

During Jake’s first year at Towson, our program fell apart. Our head coach of 15+ years was forced to resign amidst a major scandal, and the culture was as toxic as they come. Suddenly, Jake was thrust into a head coaching roll he was wholly unqualified for.

Jake was the steady hand that kept our program together through that time, and for that, I will always be grateful. Despite the fact that we didn’t have the resources of some other teams, I feel we’ve consistently punched above our weight class and built a culture to be proud of (I’m convinced we have one of the best record boards in MidMajor).

Congrats on the homecoming, Jake. UVA got a good… Read more »

9 months ago

Doc Shrum must be jumping for joy in heaven! Jake is a phenomenal hire!

9 months ago

Does benzing follow him?

9 months ago

What a hire! Congrats Jake!

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9 months ago


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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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