St. Xavier’s championship swim team seeks coach as Beerman steps aside
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – At age 53, Tim Beerman has been a part of numerous state titles with St. Xavier High School’s AquaBombers as an assistant or a head coach.
While in the top spot of St.Xavier’s highly-decorated swimming and diving program, the school has won six consecutive Ohio Division I championships.
Those who grace the Keating Natatorium are part of a dynasty that rivals the New York Yankees, the UCLA basketball Bruins of the 60s and 70s or the NFL’s New England Patriots. St. Xavier has won an incredible 42 state championships overall and 13 straight.
In the Greater Catholic League-South, no team not named St. Xavier has splashed to a league title since 1950.
Should St. Xavier win a 14th consecutive state championship, it will be with another head coach. At this point in time, Beerman sees a finish line but is not necessarily ready to get out of the pool.
“I felt it was time for me to turn the reins over to somebody else,” Beerman said. “I feel there are people that are capable of taking on that responsibility and doing a great job. I will be there to support in whatever fashion I am able to.”
On top of his years as head coach and/or assisting former coach Jim Brower with the AquaBombers, Beerman was Ursuline Academy’s head coach from 1998 to 2009 adding four more state titles to his war chest.
In addition to noted swimmers like Stanford’s Kyle Ransom that he coached at St. Xavier, he also tutored Erin Phenix who went from Texas to gold in the 2000 Olympics and Whitney Myers who had great success at Arizona.
He estimates in the last year there were maybe just 100 days that he wasn’t near a pool, but probably less than 10 where he did not think about swimming. He’s confident the AquaBombers will find the next great leader of the Long Blue Line in the big blue pool.
“St. X always tries to provide the best possible coaches and facilities for our students and athletes,” Beerman said. “I’m sure they will use their collective wisdom to make a choice that continues the tradition of the program.”
Even though he swam for Moeller, Beerman remains devoutly involved with St. Xavier’s campus ministry program. He would love to make a return trip to Canton for the state meet, just not in the head coaching capacity.
“I would like to remain involved with the program but I certainly take in mind that they have to find somebody else to fill the position then work from there to make the rest of the coaching positions come together and work together,” Beerman said. “If I’m able to be a part of that, great, but I respect the process involved. I will wait and see where the need is, if I’m able to support the guys going to Canton for another (state title) attempt, I will be there and back them all the way.”
St. Xavier athletic director Brian Reinhart said the position will be posted this week.
“We’ll have someone in place by the end of the school year,” Reinhart said.