Virginia Promotes Jake Shrum To Associate Head Coach

Courtesy: Virginia Sports

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Todd DeSorbo announced today (May 20) the promotion of Jake Shrum to associate head coach. Shrum has been a member of DeSorbo’s UVA staff since 2022, serving as an assistant coach.

Over the past two seasons, Shrum has helped coach the UVA women’s program to a pair of NCAA titles – the third and fourth consecutive for Virginia – and a pair of ACC women’s championships.

“This is a well-deserved and well-earned honor,” DeSorbo said. “Even before Jake returned home to the Hoos, he was leading in a capacity that warrants this type of recognition. I hired him two years ago for several reasons. First, he’s a great coach and second, he’s a great person to be around. I look for that combination with all our staff and he’s lived up to those expectations. He’s been a big part of the success of our program the last two years, served on the Pan Am Team USA staff this past fall and continues to strive to get better. I am happy to have Jake continue in C’Ville and making us all better.”

Shrum, a Virginia swimming alum, returns to Grounds after serving as the head swimming and diving coach at Towson since 2015. During his seven years with the Tigers, he helped lead the Towson programs to finishes near the top of the Colonial Athletic Association standings including the men’s first-ever CAA Championship in 2021. During his tenure at Towson, he had athletes achieve Olympic Trials cuts, NCAA All-America honors and placed a swimmer on the U.S. National Team from 2018 to 2021.

“I am extremely thankful to Todd for hiring me two years ago and continuing to give me the opportunity to coach here, Shrum said. “I learned to swim and coach in Charlottesville from J.J. Bean. I was taught the value of swimming beyond the sport at UVA by Mark Bernardino. It’s truly special for me to be able to continue to coach at my alma mater in my hometown alongside an amazing group of coaches and with such special student-athletes. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

A native of Charlottesville, Shrum began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Fairview Swim Club and the Virginia Gators. He would later become the head coach at Albemarle High School. In 2013 he began his shift into collegiate coaching, becoming a volunteer assistant at UVA until his hiring at Towson.

Shrum earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia in 2008. During his time at UVA, he was a member of the Cavaliers’ swimming program. He was a four-time varsity letter winner and was a member of three ACC Championship teams.

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richteller
28 days ago

Someone at UVA did some cutting and pasting, and not editing. See if you can catch it, lol.

GA Swammer
29 days ago

A well deserved promotion for a fantastic coach and an even better person!

Swim Dad
30 days ago

Seems like UVA is really stretching to keep the band together.

Jeah
Reply to  Swim Dad
30 days ago

What would you expect them to do?

oxyswim
Reply to  Swim Dad
30 days ago

They’ve had a ton of success and are rewarding people that have been a part of that. Seems like unequivocally a good thing.

Jeah
30 days ago

What are the updates on the programs that have no head coach and where they are with hiring?

Shaddy419
Reply to  Jeah
30 days ago

I guarantee you West Virginia will finally hire someone if you stop asking

Jeah
Reply to  Shaddy419
30 days ago

How am i supposed to believe that?

ex-swim coach
Reply to  Shaddy419
30 days ago

inside source, 2 members of the team, tell me that on campus interviews were held last week, yet weirdly enough, no team members met with the candidates. One would think that the candidates would want to meet with members of the team.

Jeah
Reply to  ex-swim coach
30 days ago

Are you willing to name your sources and stand on your bizness?

ex-swim coach
Reply to  Jeah
29 days ago

1 is a big name and 1 has just finished 1st season on team after transferring in

CavaDore
30 days ago

Way to go Jake! Great guy, great coach. Todd and UVA are very fortunate to have him on staff!

Shaddy419
30 days ago

Junior Associate Assistant to the Senior Regional Manager who both report to the Director

*This was supposed to be a reply to the only comment before mine*

Last edited 30 days ago by Shaddy419
samulih
Reply to  Shaddy419
29 days ago

as usual the title migth be idiotic but they are required to explain different pay levels to different coaches.

Guy
30 days ago

Junior associate or senior associate? Article doesn’t specify

SwimSwamCommenter
Reply to  Guy
30 days ago

Assistant to the Senior Associate Head Coach