Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (626)-395-6853
Email: phughes@caltech.edu

Paul Hughes enters his third season at the helm of the Caltech men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. Over the past two years both programs have climbed up the conference ladder and gained prominence at the NCAA-level:

2017-2018

  • Both programs achieved CSCAA Team Scholar All-America honors with the men having a 3.67 team GPA (2nd highest in the country) and the women a 3.58
  • Men: 3-5 dual meet record, 6th at the SCIAC Championship; Women: 1-8, 8th at SCIACs
  • Two SCIAC individual champions (Gallup and Takahashi) and eight All-SCIAC performers
  • 26 new school records
  • One All-America Honorable Mention performer (Gallup), one CSCAA Scholar All-America honoree (Percin), and one CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention honoree (Janosi)
  • Google Cloud Academic All-America honoree (Bourzutschky)

2016-2017

  • Men earned CSCAA Team Scholar All-America honors with a 3.67 team GPA
  • Men: 1-7 dual meet record, 6th at the SCIAC Championships; Women: 0-9, 9th at SCIACs
  • One SCIAC individual champion (Gallup) and six All-SCIAC performers
  • 20 new school records
  • One All-America Honorable Mention swimmer and one CSCAA Scholar All-America honoree (Gallup)

Prior to Caltech, Hughes had successful stints as an assistant coach at Tufts University, Kalamazoo College and the University of Puget Sound. While at Tufts the men’s team placed 12th at the NCAA Championships and the women secured at Top 50 finish. In two seasons at Kalamazoo, Hughes helped guide the men’s and women’s programs to double-digit combined program records, including multiple NCAA participants and All-America selections. Hughes began his coaching career at his alma mater, Puget Sound, while also coaching at Stadium High School and USA swimming Level 3 club Metro Aquatics in Tacoma, Wash.

During his own collegiate career, Hughes was a two-year captain and Puget Sound’s record-holder in the 200 Free, 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relays, earning All-America honors as a member of the 200 Medley Relay and in the 100 Breast as a senior.

Hughes graduated from Puget Sound in ’09 with a bachelors' in Politics and Government with a minor in History. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Maggie, and dog, Luna.