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American Swimming Coaches Association
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United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Nadadores Dryland
  • Member
    USA Swimming Inc
  • Board Member
    Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America


  • master's degree , Sports Management
    The Ohio State University
  • undergraduate degree
    California State-Long Beach
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Web References
Jim Montrella ASCA Hall of Fame, 19 May 2011 [cached]
Jim Montrella
Jim Montrella began his coaching career in 1959 at the age of 19 when he started a novice swim team at the Lakewood YMCA. This team merged with another in 1964 to become Lakewood Aquatic Club. The team was quickly dominate in age group swimming with his swimmers listed over 100 times in the National Top 10 listings as well as setting numerous new AG records. He took his first swimmer to the National Championships in 1966, had his first finalist in 1967 and qualified 31 swimmers for Nationals in 1971 from a team of 123 members.
Jim was voted NJCAA Coach of the Year in both 1978 and 1979.
During his 17 years at The Ohio State University his teams won 5 consecutive Big Ten Conference Championships (1982-86) and 48 swimmers recognized as NCAA All Americans. He coached athletes to 66 Big Ten titles including five swimmers awarded Big Ten Swimmer of the Year honors, one NCAA National Championship (Janelle Bosse, 400 IM 1987), one AIAW National Champion (Marci Ballard, 50 Back 1982) and was twice named Big Ten Coach of the Year (1985 & 1991). Jim encouraged his student-athletes to become involved in community and campus events and stressed the importance of academic success. Fifty of his swimmers earned Academic All-Big 10 honors and the team garnered a consistent Team GPA of 3.02 - 3.31 earning the team consistent recognition on the College Swim Coaches of America All Academic Team. . He mentored five student-athletes who were awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor (presented to one graduating student-athlete each year based on GPA, athletics and community service.) Swimmer Holly Humphrey was voted the 1994 Ohio NCAA Woman of the Year and was one of the top ten finalists for the NCAA Women of the Year Award. Eight of his swimmers have been inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim returned to his native California and assumed his 'first ever' assistant coaching position under Mark Schubert at the University of Southern California and Trojan Swim Club in 1997.
Jim was awarded The American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year both in 1969 and 1971. He was elected coach of the 1976 USA Olympic Team and was an assistant Olympic coach for Columbia in 1972. He has coached over 20 USA National Teams and served as coach and manager of the US Olympic Development Camps at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Jim has been a speaker at numerous ASCA clinics and has traveled world-wide imparting his knowledge of the sport. He has been a member of ASCA since 1959 and is a past Vice President and Board member. He was a member of the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America 1977-2000 and served two terms on their Board of Directors.
Jim received his undergraduate degree from California State-Long Beach (1975) and his master's degree in Sports Management from Ohio State University (1981). Jim and his wife, Bev, have two daughters, Kristi and Kelly and a grandson, Noah.
Mission Viejo Nadadores, 16 Aug 2006 [cached]
Coach Jim Montrella
Jim Montrella, with extensive international, collegiate and club-level coaching experience, joined the Mission Viejo Nadadores Coaching Staff in 2002.
Jim is the Director of the Nadadores Dryland Program.
Prior to joining the Nadadores, Jim served 3 years as an assistant coach with the University of Southern California.Before USC, Jim was Head Coach of the Ohio State Women's Swim Team.While at OSU, for 17 years (1980- 1997), he led the Buckeyes to five Big Ten Championships and helped guide five Big Ten Swimmers of the Year.
Jim Montrella was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1991 and led his teams to Top 3 conference finishes in 11 of 16 years.
Jim was named American Swimming Coach of the Year.He served as the U.S. Women's Coach for the 1976 Olympic Team in Montreal and as the Columbian Olympic Team coach in 1972.He was a member of the board of directors of the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association and had been on the U.S. Swimming Olympic International Operations Committee for 25 years.
Before joining Ohio State, Jim was Athletic Director and swimming coach at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida.He led Indian River to four National titles and earned National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in 1978 (women) and 1979 (men).
During his 18 years as Head Coach of Lakewood Aquatic Club (California), Jim coached 10 Olympians, two world-record holders, 16 American record holders and swimmers who have won more than 50 national titles.
Jim Montrella received his undergraduate degree from Long Beach State.He has a master's degree in sport management from Ohio State.Jim currently owns Modern Swimming Concepts, manufacturer of Speedo Hand Training Paddles and previously owned Competitive Aquatic Supply.
Jim and his wife Bev, a former Nadadore coach, have two daughters Kristi and Kelly and reside in Mission Viejo.
Coach Jim Montrella to join ..., 15 April 2007 [cached]
Coach Jim Montrella to join USA Swimming Master Coach program
COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo.Jim Montrella has been named master coach consultant for USA Swimming, the organization announced today.
The Varsity 'O' Women's Alumni Association: Hall of Fame, 20 April 2010 [cached]
Jim Montrella Women's Swimming Coach 1980-97 Jim Montrella, the 1985 and 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year, led his Ohio State teams to five-consecutive Big Ten Conference championships from 1982-1986 and had 48 swimmers recognized as NCAA All-Americans during his 17 years at the helm. Montrella coached 66 Big Ten individual champions, five Big Ten Swimmer of the Year honorees, two Ohio State Athlete of the Year recipients and one NCAA champion. Fifty of his swimmers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, with five receiving the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor.
Montrella was also head or assistant coach for more than 20 USA National Swimming Teams and served as a member of the USA Swimming Olympic International Operating Committee from 1972-96. Now retired, although he still gets requests for coaching consulting work, Montrella and his wife Bev, who was an assistant swimming coach for 17 years at Ohio State, reside in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Coached as and Assistant and Head ..., 1 Feb 2004 [cached]
Coached as and Assistant and Head of promotions for The Ohio State University Women's swim team under Jim Montrella, 1986-87. 2003 Junior National Select Travel Team Coach, 2002 Central District Division 2 Coach of the year for the Columbus Academy girls high school swim team.Multiple Zone and Quad head and assistant team coach.
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