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Swimming - Fri, May. 4, 2012
Coach Boss meeting with Concordia Swimmers
Coach Boss meeting with Concordia Swimmers

Jeff Boss becomes the second head coach of Concordia's men's and women's swimming and diving teams, and will begin his first athletic season in 2012-13 as the program enters its sixth year of existence.


Boss comes to Concordia most recently from Mission Viejo High School and Sprint Club Swimming.  He has been the head coach of the boys' swimming and diving team at Mission Viejo since 2001 and the girls' squads since 2008.  Boss is the founder of Sprint Club Swimming, a USA Swimming chartered swim club, and has been at the helm since its creation in 2010.

"I am very excited to be here, as Concordia is a great school that has had success in their swimming program," Boss said.  "Being part of a faith-based institution is something I was really looking for."

While at Mission Viejo, Boss' teams won the CIF-SS Division I Championship in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2003.  They were Runners-Up in 2004 and 2002.  He coached 42 CIF Individual State Champions and tutored 154 National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association High School All-Americans.  Boss has mentored 29 NISCA Academic All-Americans.  The LA Times ranked his boys' team #1 in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2002 and his girls' team #1 in 2008.  The OC Register tabbed his squads #1 in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2002.  Boss was the Los Angeles Times' Swimming Coach of the Year in 2002, the California Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004, NHSADCA National Coach of the Year Finalist 2007, and OC Register Coach of the Year 2008.

"We are very excited to have Jeff Boss onboard as our new men's and women's swimming and diving coach," Concordia Athletic Director Dave Bireline said.  "Jeff is a great Christian man with a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching and teaching aquatics, and we know he will continue to steer our striving program in a great direction."

At the Sprint Club, he has coached swimmers to SCS Age Group and Junior Olympics titles, and SCS and National Top 10 achievements.  He has placed swimmers on the Pacific Quad Team, had representatives in the SCS Swim Festival and the North American Age Group Challenge Cup team.

"I want us to do well in the classroom, continue our excellence in the pool, and ultimately we want to win the NAIA National Championship," Boss said.  "I have been looking for an opportunity to get back into college coaching, but the opportunities just weren't right.  I am glad to be at the right place at the right time."

From 2003-2010 he coached the Mission Viejo Nadadores, a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club.  Boss began his head coaching career with the men's swimming team at NCAA Division I University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA from 1981-1983.  While at UNI, Boss was also an adjunct professor of physical education and aquatics.  He was the founder and head coach of Hawkeye Master's Swimming, who became Iowa State Champions.  Boss was also a member of the Executive Committee of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. 

"Jeff Boss is an exceptional addition to a coaching staff that is already filled with excellence," Concordia Executive Vice President Gary McDaniel said.  "He brings an excellent background in aquatics and has great ties to various aquatics communities in Southern California.  I am especially pleased to know that Coach Boss has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and is prepared to offer the type of leadership for his program that is in alignment with the university's mission."

Boss had a decorated collegiate swimming career under legendary coach James E. ‘Doc' Counsilman at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from 1974 to 1978.  His teams competed in NCAA National Championships his first three years and won Big Ten Championships all four years.  He participated in the Olympic Swim Trials in 1972 and 1976.  After completing his degree, he became a graduate assistant and assistant coach with the men's swimming team at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. 

"This is a natural transition for Jeff," Assistant CIF-SS Commissioner Kristine Palle said.  "Jeff is a very accomplished swimmer, teacher, and coach.  This is a great step for him, and will be great for the university.  He will bring a great deal of knowledge to the school.  Concordia's swimming and diving teams will not miss a beat."

Boss' teaching credentials are extensive.  He was a resource specialist in special education at Silverado Continuation High School in Mission Viejo, CA, and taught physical education at Mission Viejo High School.  He was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa and taught courses in physical education at Ball State University as a graduate assistant.

"I have known Jeff for a long time and he is a very talented swimmer, is extremely smart, and is a fun-loving person," former US Olympic coach and two-time ASCA Coach of the Year Jim Montrella said.  "He is a very effective coach.  Jeff is the kind of person and coach I would want my sons and daughters to swim for.  This is absolutely the right time for Jeff and for Concordia University."

He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's in kinesiology, and earned his Master of Art's degree in physical education from Ball State University.

Boss is certified with the NISCA, American Swimming Coaches Association, USA Swimming, Red Cross, and Heartsaver.  He maintains a membership with NISCA, ASCA, College Swimming Coaches Association of America, and the World Swimming Coaches Association.

"I am glad to be back on the west coast, this is our home and this is where we want to stay," Boss said.

Jeff is married to Margaret, whom he met in college.  They have two sons and one daughter.  His oldest, Tyler, 27, is a commercial diver in Houston, TX.  His other son Bobby, 24, is married to Kelly and the couple lives in San Luis Obispo and work for a mental services company.  Jeff's daughter Haley, 21, works for the Hilton Corporation in The Woodlands, TX.


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