Jim Bocci is a recognized expert in the aquatic sports industry. In a career that has spanned almost 40 years as both an athlete and now a renowned coach and innovator, his experience encompasses the five critical areas of the industry: program development and implementation, elite sports coaching, event planning/management, college placement, and facility development.
One of the leading USA-Swimming Club CEOs in the country, Jim has vast experience building and guiding large organizations to new performance heights. Known for his agility in the industry, he has a keen business sense for finding growth opportunities through program development. His teams have grown in size every year for the past 12 years, and he’s established unique camp and swim school programs, building several programs from the ground up. As a coach and consultant, he has placed hundreds of swimmers in NCAA programs, and has worked with emerging coaches and club boards on team building initiatives. His collaborative and goal oriented style is the perfect fit for any club organization looking to take their team to the next level, but also scalable to work one on one with a family, guiding them through the college recruiting process.
On the performance front, Jim’s accolades include multiple USA-Swimming club excellence awards, Coach of the Year awards at the region and state levels, nine consecutive USA-Swimming District team titles, five consecutive USA-Swimming Club District Team of the Year awards, four high school state championship team titles in Ohio and Virginia, and a USA-Swimming Sectional team title. He has become the coach of choice for not only high school swimmers across the country looking to make an impact at the National level, but also as mentor coach to numerous post-graduate athletes (both high school post graduates, and college post graduates), either looking to make the jump to NCAA DI programs or make a splash on the international stage. In addition, he has hosted some of the largest competitions in the country, including the NCAA DII Swimming & Diving National Championship, USA-Swimming Speedo Sectional Championship, Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Conference Championship, and several large regional invitationals (with over 1,400 participants in each).
At SPIRE Institute, a United States Olympic Training Site, Jim worked with Olympians, World Championship participants, U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifiers, World Championship Team Trials qualifiers, and a Central American Games double gold medalist and event record holder. Many of his athletes went on to compete at the NCAA Division I level, and include numerous USA Swimming Junior and Senior National qualifiers, All-Americans, US Open finalists and Open Water National Championship finalists. In 2013 Jim established one of only three Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) Official Training Sites in the world, training athletes from across the globe in preparation for the World Championships and Olympics. In addition, his teams have received numerous USA-Swimming honors, ranking among the top teams in the country, and he has been a member of the USA-Swimming coaching staff for the National Select Camp at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
A student of the sport, Jim has a Masters of Sports Science in Coaching, with an emphasis in NCAA compliance, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, and was an NCAA Division I swimmer at The Ohio State University. His family currently resides in Houston, Texas, where he directs the aquatics division at Athlete Resource. Wife Kerrie and dad are proud swim parents of two young swimmers, Sergio (11 years old), and Francesca (5 years old).
Program Building | Elite Coaching | College Recruiting | Event Management | Facility Development | Staff Integration