The Legacy

A legacy of Total Performance

Jim Steen, the creator of Total Performance Swim Camps, is the winningest coach in NCAA history. His teams have won more NCAA championships than any other team in any division and any sport.Jim Steen

As the head coach of the swim teams at Kenyon College from 1976 to 2012, Steen built an extraordinary program and reputation in the world of swimming.

The Lords and Ladies have won 50 NCAA Division III Championships. In his 37 years at Kenyon, Coach Steen developed over 192 NCAA Division III champions and 328 All-Americans. He has coached several Olympic Trial qualifiers, Division I All-Americans, and been voted NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-year sixteen times. He also produced more NCAA post-graduate scholars than any other coach in any division and placed high importance on students' academic performance as well as athletic success.

In 2012 Coach Steen was awarded the C.S.C.A.A. Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, which is the highest award given by the organization and recognizes a coach who has achieved significant success in the sport while still emphasizing education, character and integrity in the collegiate swimming experience.  Steen is the creator of the Power Rack, and began the Total Performance Elite Camps.  He was also consulted during the designing and building of the swimming facilities for the Kenyon Athletic Center in 2002.

The Legacy Continues

  • The Kenyon Men's Swimming Team has won 34 NCAA team titles with the first 29 under Coach Steen and the last five under current Head Coach, Jessen Book.
  • The Kenyon Women's Swimming Team has won 23 NCAA team titles with the first 21 under Coach Steen and the last 2 under Coach Book.
  • Coach Jessen Book, a former Kenyon swimmer himself, has been twice voted NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-year since he took over the women's program in 2010 and the men's program in 2012.   
  • 37 of Coach Steen's former swimmers have gone on to become successful swim coaches at the club, high school, collegiate and international level.  Several of these coaches compete against Kenyon for top honors in Division III and many more are earning accolades and team success in their respective levels of the sport.  Institutions and clubs with former Kenyon swimmers as coaches include but aren't limited to the following:
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Denison University
    • Emory University
    • M.I.T University
    • Carnegie-Mellon University
    • Trinity College
    • Allegheny College
    • University of Mary Washington
    • Mason Manta Rays
    • Schroeder Y Swim Team
    • Bluefish Swim Club