Hello and Welcome to the 2017-2018 Jones Payton Boys Swim Season,
Let me begin by introducing myself to all of you. My name is Paul Anderson and I am the new head coach of the Jones Payton Boys Swimming and Diving Team. I cannot express how excited I am for this opportunity, and for what I know will be the first of may successful seasons. This program has the undeniable potential of not only becoming one of the strongest programs in the city, but ultimately the entire IHSA. As a coach I plan to build well rounded student athletes that understand the importance of discipline, goal setting, dedication, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence. I believe that success in the pool or the classroom is not accidental and if we are able to commit to our goals then we will find success.
I know that you will all get to know me in time, but before I have a chance to meet all of you I would like to provide a little background information. First, the 2017-2018 school year will be my second year teaching English at Jones College Prep. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest students the city has to offer. The energy and support within the building are exceptional and I intend to bring both of those with me to the pool deck and weight room every day. Before I came to Jones I taught English and coached swimming at Addison Trial for 9 fantastic years. My time at AT taught me how to properly teach, how to coach, and built my love for education and high school athletics. Also, while coaching with ATWB I was awarded the position of Vice President of the Illinois Swimming and Diving Association and am in charge of awards for the All-State Banquet. Further, my time at Addison Trail and with the ATWB Coop teams gave me a great deal of insight on how to run a team that comes from two buildings as well as the benefits and pitfalls that entails. I come to the Jones Payton boys team with a unique skill set that will work well to unify the two buildings into a strong team capable of great things.
From the coaching side, I had the privilege of working with a fantastic coach in Kirk Ziemke (Now the boys coach at Glenbrook North) for 8 years with the ATWB Boys Coop Team. Coach Ziemke showed me a great deal in regards to writing workouts, motivating swimmers, understanding athletes, and working to bring out the best in them. While his assistant we had numerous WSC Gold Conference champions, qualified numerous individuals and relays for the IHSA state meet, had 3 individuals final multiple times at the IHSA state meet, coached numerous All-America selections, and sent numerous swimmers on to compete at the collegiate level.
Along with the boys, I served as the head coach for the ATWB Girls Team for 9 seasons. During my time with the ATWB girls we grew the program from a squad of 16 to a squad of over 40 on an annual basis. My assistant coach Tara Murphy and I qualified at least one individual for the IHSA state meet every year aside from our first year in the program. Further, we qualified at least one relay for the IHSA state meet in every year but two. In my time running the team we broke every school record, won the WSC Gold conference twice as a team. had 9 IHSA All-State individual swimmers, had 9 All-America selections, and even 1 IHSA state champion in 2014. We accomplished all of this while not having a pool at either campus and relying heavily on dryland training, a strategy I intend to incorporate here.
As a club coach, I currently coach the Gold 1 for the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club or CWAC. I joined the CWAC coaching staff in the summer of 2014 and worked with a fantastic coach in David Stephens as the assistant National Team coach for that summer. After returning from the high school girls season I took over the Gold 1 group and have been with them ever since. In the Gold 1 group we work to build on not only stroke technique, but begin to introduce intense training to elite 13/14 swimmers. In my time with the group we have had multiple AG state champions, numerous top 5 and top 10 AG event finishes, and have routinely had swimmers put times in the all time top 100 times in USA swimming history. My time with CWAC has helped me hone my coaching skills further and has been a wonderful experience and it has been a blast to watch the program grow to the point where we have finished in the top 3 in the state each of the past 3 seasons.
I know that this is likely more information than necessary but I hope to at least provide some background into my philosophy, ideas, and hopes for this team. I know that in the very near future we will be competing for City and Sectional titles, while also sending numerous swimmers to the IHSA state meet. If you would like ask me any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and GO JPC!
High School Career - Rolling Meadows High School
6 x IHSA State Qualifier
4 x MSL Champion (2x 50 Freestyle , 2x 100 Freestyle)
2 x Team Captain Rolling Meadows
6 x Rolling Meadows School Record Holder
Collegiate Career – Eastern Illinois University
4 x School Record Holder
4 x Varsity Letter Winner
4 x Academic All Conference
2 x Scholar All American
3 x All Conference
Elected Captain for Senior Season
High School Coaching – Girls ATWB (Addison Trail /Willowbrook)
10 Years as Varsity Head Coach
2 x WSC Gold Conference Champions
2 x WSC Gold Coach of the Year
.782 Winning percentage over 10 years
126 WSC All Conference Selections
49 IHSA State Meet Qualifiers
9 All America Selections
1 IHSA State Champion
Former swimmers in the Big 10, SEC, A10, Horizon League, ACC and Patriot League
Built team from 16-40 over 10 year period
Vice President of the Illinois Swimming and Diving Association
High School Coaching – Boys ATWB (Addison Trail/Willowbrook)
8 years Coaching
.633 Winning Percentage
94 WSC Gold All Conference Selections
36 All Sectional Selections
34 IHSA State Meet Qualifiers
11 All America Selections
4 Academic All America Selections
Former swimmers in the Big 10, Acc, Horizon League, Ivy League, and others
Vice President of the Illinois Swimming and Diving Association
Club Coaching – Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club (CWAC)
Top 3 finish at AG State the past 4 Seasons
42 Individual State medalists
11 Illinois State Age Group Records
11 Swimmers have achieved top 100 all-time national standards
NISCA level IV Certified Coach
Coach Anderson brings over 10 years of head coach experience to the Jones Payton Swim Team. He has worked with numerous IHSA State Qualifiers, All-Americans, Collegiate Swimmers, Conference Champions, AG Champions, and State Record Holders. Please check here for news and updates.