PASADENA, CA - The Caltech athletics department has named Jack Leavitt as its new head coach of the swimming and diving program. He will begin transitioning into his role over the next few weeks with a July 1 start date.
Since the program's inception in 1921 he is the 14th person to lead the Beavers program. He takes the reigns of the squad from Clinton Dodd who is retiring at the end of the school year after 34 years at the helm.
Prior to his appointment with the Beavers program, Leavitt served as the assistant coach at the United State Military Academy. While with the Black Knights he was primarily in charge of training the distance swimmers as well as all aspects of recruitment for the men's team. In 2013 the Patriot League honored the men's team with the coaching staff of the year award.
"I am honored to be the next swim coach at Caltech. After visiting and speaking with people on campus, I knew it was a great fit. Everyone in the athletic department and on the academic side had the same vision of success for athletics at Caltech," Leavitt said. "I am excited to work with exceptional young men and women on the goal of matching our academic success with success in the pool. I would like to thank Betsy Mitchell and everyone that was part of the search process for affording me with this great opportunity."
Leavitt began his coaching career as an assistant for the women's program at New York University. During his two-year stint at NYU, Leavitt helped coordinate the team's recruiting efforts, designed training plans for the swimmers, arranged travel and implemented a strength and conditioning program. He also helped develop several NCAA Division III All-Americans, and was a member of the 2009 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
After his time at NYU, Leavitt moved to Boston to work with the Harvard University men's program. During his time with the Crimson, he worked with all of the groups on deck, learning under US Olympic Coach Tim Murphy.
While in Boston, Leavitt also served as the head coach for the Bay and Ocean State Squids/Crimson Aquatics. With the club team, Leavitt was responsible for the training and competitive development of more than 100 swimmers in the Gold Medal Swim Club. He expanded the team from 60 swimmers to over 100 in his first season, and mentored three Junior National qualifiers and one Senior National qualifier.
A four-year standout in the pool at Seton Hall University, Leavitt broke three school records and won the BIG EAST title in the 100-yard backstroke in 2005. Leavitt, who served as a two-year team captain, was selected MVP of the Seton Hall men's swimming team as a junior.
Leavitt graduated from Seton Hall in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. A four-year member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team, Leavitt was also Dean's List student.
An avid hiker with his dog Penny, Leavitt also enjoys supporting Boston's professional sports teams. He also enjoys participating in basketball, golf and ultimate frisbee.