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 Coach Jim Brower

      Jim Brower became Head Swimming coach for the Aquabombers in the 1988-1989 season.  After finishing 3rd in the state meet in his first year at the helm, Brower led St. Xavier to 5 straight state titles.  Following his 6th season, Coach Brower took a break from coaching to spend time with his family.  Brower returned as head coach, picking up where he left off and leading the Bombers to 7 straight state titles from the '98-'99 season through the '05-'06 season.  Besides amassing 13 state titles in 14 years as head coach, Brower also saw his teams garner recognition from Swimming World Magazine in 1992 and 2001 when they were named National Champions.  Among dozens of swimmers who have gone on to be high school all-Americans or swim at the collegiate level, Brower has coached 2 National High School Swimmers of the Year in Olympic-gold-medalist Joe Hudepohl ('92) and NCAA Champion Jayme Cramer ('01).

      Coach Brower has been honored for his remarkable success by being named National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2004), Ohio Coach of the Year (2005, 2001,1990), as well as GCL, Southwest District and Cincinnati Coach of the Year multiple times.  He stands tied for first all time for Ohio State Championships for all sports.

      Brower grew up in Canton, Ohio, where he swam for Glenoak High School and was the 100 Breaststroke state champion in 1982.  He went on to swim at the University of Cincinnati (under assistant coaches Tom & Debbie Keefe).  He has coached at Montgomery Swim Club, Sycamore Flying Fish, and currently assists with the Cincinnati Marlins in the off-season.  Aside from his swimming duties, Brower is an 19-year teacher in St. Xavier's math department, ranging from Algebra 2 to Calculus, and has also been an assistant coach for the golf team for four seasons.  He is married and lives with his wife, Bonita, and son, Andrew.

 

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