Paul Hughes has been named Head Coach of the Caltech men's and women's swimming & diving programs.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Paul to our team at Caltech," Betsy Mitchell, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, said. "His commitment to providing a top-notch student-athlete experience and strong resume of coaching success are a great fit for the job, and I am eager to see our teams continue their ascent up the conference ladder under his leadership."
Hughes joins the Beavers after a year as Assistant Coach at Tufts University, which recorded its best finish at the NCAA Championships in a decade on the men's side and placed in the Top 50 at the meet on the women's side.
"I am humbled and excited to be the next Head Swimming & Diving Coach at Caltech," Hughes said. "Thank you to Director of Athletics Betsy Mitchell and the search committee for providing this amazing opportunity. The commitment from both the athletics department and academic community to providing the best student-athlete experience possible really drew me to Caltech. I look forward to working with our student-athletes to build off the programs' recent success – Go Beavers!"
He also spent three years as an Assistant Coach at Kalamazoo College, where he helped the men's and women's teams to post double-digit combined program records, including multiple NCAA participants and All-America selections in both genders. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of 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 Freestyle, 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relays, earning All-America honors as a member of the 200 Medley Relay and in the 100 Breaststroke as a senior.
Hughes graduated Puget Sound with a bachelor's degree in politics and government with a minor in history. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Maggie, and is an avid participant in the Masters Swimming program.