Jake Shrum, who spent the last two years as a volunteer assistant coach at University of Virginia, was named an assistant coach for the Towson University swimming and diving program in May 2015.
Shrum served as a volunteer assistant at Virginia where he composed workouts, monitored training and provided stroke advice. He assisted with weight room training along with dryland and conditioning programs. Shrum was involved with the organization of community service project and as an alum, he was instrumental in the recruiting process. He also attended monthly NCAA compliance meetings.
Under his guidance, the women’s team improved from an 11th-place finish in his first year to a fifth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships and captured two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships. The men’s team saw nine student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships and finish 26th-overall.
Prior to joining the staff at Virginia, Shrum served as head coach at Albermarle H.S., a highly competitive Virginia high school league AAA school, for six years. He was responsible for the overall development and organization of the program, as well as the formation of the school’s diving team. He led the men’s team to three regional and five district championships, as well as a top finish of eighth-place at the Virginia State Championships. The women’s team won one regional and two district championships and had a top finish of sixth-place at the State Championships under his guidance. In 2013, he was named Central Virginia High School Swimming Coach of the Year.
Shrum currently serves as an assistant coach for both the Virginia Gators club team and the Fairview Swim Club.
He is a U.S. Swimming certified coach which includes certifications in athlete protection, safety training and CPR.
Shrum earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia in 2008. During his time at Virginia, he was a member of the Cavaliers’ swimming team. He was a four-time varsity letter winner and was a member of three ACC Championship teams.
After graduation, Shrum worked as a technical support specialist in Albemarle County for three years and also served as a teaching assistant at Albemarle H.S. for a year.