James “Jim” Steen was the head coach of the swim teams at Kenyon College from 1976 to 2012.
Steen’s teams have won more NCAA championships than any other team in any division or any sport. The Lords have won 31 consecutive NCAA Division III championships, the first having been in 1980, while the Ladies have won 23 (nonconsecutive) titles. In over 30 years at Kenyon, Coach Steen has developed over 150 NCAA champions and over 300 All-Americans. He has coached several Olympic Trial qualifiers, Division I All-Americans, and been voted NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-year twelve times. He has also produced more post-graduate scholars than any other coach in any division, and places high importance on students’ academic performance as well as athletic success.
In 1996 Coach Steen took a one-year sabbatical from Kenyon College to consult with many of America’s top coaches prior to the Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also consulted during the designing and building of the swimming facilities for the Kenyon Athletic Center in 2002. In August 2008, he was invited to give an informational “pep talk” to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.
Steen is the creator of the Power Rack, and began the Elite Swim Camps, which have grown to sports other than swimming.
Steen retired from coaching in 2012 after 36 years. He was replaced by Kenyon former Kenyon swimmer Jess Book, who has won three consecutive NCAA Division III titles.
Former Kenyon swimmers now coaching at the college level include NCAA Champion Coaches Gregg Parini (Denison) and Jon Howell (Emory)