Jim Bolster on Being 3-Sport NCAA Athlete, Coaching Columbia Men for 38 Years

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Jim Bolster, the head coach for the Columbia men’s team (who we recently filmed a Practice + Pancakes with) who is in his 38th season at the helm. Bolster boasts a very athletic background, being 1 of 14 and growing up with access to the Princeton athletic facilities. He was a 4-time letter athlete in swimming, soccer, and lacrosse at Denison University, winning an NCAA DIII title in the 200 fly and going to the NCAA tournament in soccer. He then started competing in triathlons, where he had success for 20+ years as a masters competitor. Bolster speaks on his philosophy on staying active and what that has taught him about coaching along the way.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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1 month ago

Awesome story and interview! Probably the most athletic swim coach I know!

1 month ago

the goat

1 month ago

Cool dude

Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Great. Asked for it, and you guys delivered. How could you not learn and be inspired by this guy.

Big mac #1
1 month ago

He was watching squid game

Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Who’s the Sheikh swimmer in the photo?

Remember Me?
1 month ago

Glad to see him with sleeves this time

1 month ago

I have known Jim since first grade and he is as great a guy now as he was while we grew up in Princeton…wonderful family from top to bottom…a truly honest and good guy!

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