A veteran in collegiate swimming, head
coach Jim Wilson enters his 20th season as head coach of the Dartmouth men's
swimming program and seventh season as the women's head coach at the start of
the 2012-13 season. After 14 years of service on the men's side, then Director
of Athletics Josie Harper pegged Wilson as a natural choice to assume
leadership of both varsity programs in 2006.
Wilson joined the Big Green athletic department in 1993, coming to Hanover from
the University of Utah. At Dartmouth, he has coached numerous All-Ivy
performers and, in 1997, led the Big Green to its finest Ivy finish in 16
The Big Green posted one of the best
seasons in program history in 2011-12. Both the men and women's team finished
in the top five at the Ivy League Championship. The men's fifth-place finish
was the best finish for the squad since 1981. Over the course of the meet, the
men set 13 school records.
Under Wilson's tutelage, sophomore Nejc
Zupan has claimed three Ivy League titles and became the first Dartmouth
swimmer to win the 1650 free at the Ivy League Championship in 2011.
Since taking over as the women's coach, the Dartmouth women have shown steady
improvement and in 2011-12 placed fifth at the Ivy League Championships, the
first top-five showing in the last 10 years. The Big Green set six new school
records during the meet.
Wilson's first collegiate coaching job was as an assistant at Utah from
1977-87. He was promoted to head coach of the women's team in 1987 before assuming
head coaching duties of both the men's and women's teams in 1990. Wilson's
men's team won the Western Athletic Conference title in each of his three years
at the helm. He also earned individual recognition as the University of Utah
Coach of the Year in 1992 and the WAC Coach of the Year in 1993. Wilson coached
both Utah teams until 1993, when he came to Dartmouth.
Besides college coaching, Wilson coached Anaheim Aquatics (1978) and the Hong
Kong national team (1979) and was the director of the Utah Summer Swim Camp
Wilson was also a successful water polo coach until 2006. He coached Utah's
men's water polo team from 1980-89 and took over as Dartmouth's coach in 1993.
In 1997, he guided the Big Green men to the Collegiate Water Polo Association
national title before leading the women to a second-place finish nationally in
both 2004 and 2005. In addition, he was named the 2004 National Coach of the Year
for women's water polo.
A 1977 graduate from Utah, where he was an All-America swimmer, Wilson earned a
bachelor's degree in telecommunications before earning another bachelor's in
exercise and sport science in 1980. He and his wife, Debbie, have three
children, Sarah, Chris and Rachel.