SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — St. Xavier swimming and diving coach Tim Beerman has decided to step away from his role as the AquaBombers head coach, according to St. X athletic director Brian Reinhart.
St. X won the Division I state boys swimming and diving title all six seasons that Beerman was the head coach.
Beerman told Reinhart that, after prayer and discernment, it was time to let another individual take over as the head coach.
The AquaBombers won the school's state-record 42nd boys state swimming championship this past February. St. X has won 13 consecutive state swimming titles.
"I would say what I most value are the relationships and connections with the students, the families and my fellow coaches all of whom have contributed incredibly to the success not only over the past six years but throughout St. X swimming and diving's history," Beerman said.
"I feel fortunate to be able to assist the program as the head coach for the past six years and if things are able to work out then hopefully I will remain connected to the program in the future as well."
Beerman, who works in the school's campus ministry program, would like to still remain active in the program, according to Reinhart.
"Tim has done a tremendous job of keeping the tradition and the excellence in our swimming and diving program," Reinhart said. "He truly cares about the formation of our young men. He built on the tradition that was handed to him and it will be handed on to the next person."
The school plans to post the head coaching position in the next few days.
The St. X swimming and diving program is annually recognized as one of the nation's top programs in swimming and diving.
The AquaBombers earned the top spot in the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) rankings in July 2020 for a sixth consecutive year.
The AquaBombers won the NISCA all-time national dual meet championship in June 2020.
Beerman was a former St. X assistant coach to former head coach Jim Brower from 1999 to 2003 and 2009-11 and 2015, according to the school.
"Tim is certainly to be congratulated and thanked for his years of service to the Long Blue Lane," St. X assistant coach Tom Keefe said.
"This season in particular brought a unique set of challenges. His ability to navigate them played a major role in securing a rather improbable 42nd Ohio championship (13th consecutive)."
Beerman was also the Ursuline Academy head coach from 1998 to 2009 when the Lions earned four Division I state girls swimming and diving titles and seven runner-up finishes.
His impact goes beyond coaching, Reinhart said.
"Tim spends a tremendous amount of time and dedication to the program and it certainly shows in the results but more importantly in our young men's lives outside of the pool," Reinhart said. "We thank Tim for his tireless efforts to our young men and our families. He will certainly be missed and leaves some big shoes to fill."