St. Xavier AquaBomber head coach Jim Brower has announced that after 23 years of leading the team, he will move into a different role with the program. While remaining a full time varsity coach he will no longer serve as the head coach.
Brower became head swimming coach for the Aquabombers in the 1988-89 season. After finishing 3rd in the state meet his first year at the helm, Brower led St. Xavier to five straight State titles. Following his sixth season, he took a break from coaching to spend time with his family. Returning as head coach three years later, Brower picked up where he left off and led the Bombers to nine straight State titles from 1999 through 2007 and another seven straight from 2009 –15. He has amassed 21 state titles in 23 years as head coach and stands first all-time for all sports in men's state championships in Ohio history.
Coach Brower has been named National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2004), Ohio Coach of the Year (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001,1990), as well as GCL, Southwest District and Cincinnati Coach of the Year multiple times.
Brower's teams garnered recognition from Swimming World Magazine in 1992 and 2001 when they were named National Champions. Among dozens of swimmers who have gone on to be high school all-Americans and swim at the collegiate level, Brower has coached two National High School Swimmers of the Year in Olympic-gold-medalist Joe Hudepohl ('92) and NCAA Champion Jayme Cramer ('01).
Brower grew up in Canton, Ohio, where he swam for Glenoak High School and was the 100 breaststroke state champion in 1982. He went on to swim at the University of Cincinnati where he earned his BA in Education as well as his MBA. He has coached at Montgomery Swim Club, Sycamore Flying Fish, and currently assists with the Cincinnati Marlins in the off-season.
Aside from his swimming duties, Brower is a 25+ year teacher in St. Xavier's math department, ranging from Algebra 2 to Calculus, and also served as an assistant coach for the golf team for five seasons.
Tim Beerman, a current AquaBomber assistant coach, has been named interim coach for the 2015/16 season. Beerman has 21 years coaching experience including eight at St. X and 13 as head coach at Ursuline Academy (4 state championships). He is a 1986 graduate of Moeller High School and has a BA in Theology from Notre Dame.