Jean Paul (J.P.) Gowdy

Associate Professor of Physical Education and Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach
  • Expertise


    In his four seasons as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer swimming and diving programs, J.P. Gowdy has directed the women's team to four second-place finishes in the SCIAC and the men's team to a pair of third-place finishes and two second-place. In 2014-15, he was named the SCIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year.

    Research Interests

    • Warmup Decrement
    • Character Development

    Areas of Expertise

    • Coaching competitive swimming
    • Teaching swimming - all levels
  • Education


    2007, Master of Science, Physical Education
    Springfield College

    1999, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
    Middlebury College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Lifeguard Training/Red Cross Certification
    • Swimming—Beginning
    • Swimming—Intermediate
    • Triathlon Training
    • Vars Team: Swim/Diving Men
    • Vars Team: Swim/Diving Women
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    2009 NEWMAC Conference Coach of the Year

    ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Distinguished Coach Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 20011

    2003 & 2005 USA Triathlon Association All-American

    24 x All-American Swimmer. 1995-1999

    1997 NCAA Div III National Champion - 400 Individual Medley

    New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championships - MVP 1998 & 1999