“The presentation was very enjoyable and I would love to hear him talk again.  I believe that he provides the essential information to be successful in anything someone does.”

Brandon Boyle

Sport Administration


“I can apply Tom Jager’s philosophy not only in my professional career, management/leadership position, but also in my personal life with my family, motivating my son to be a winner and never give up no matter how hard it is, when facing challenges in school and personal life.”

Silvia Isaac 

Business Administration

Motivation Top to Bottom:

Athletes, Staff, and the Department

Tom Jager

USA Olympic Gold Medalist (1984, 1988, and 1992)

About Tom:

Honesty plus respect plus punctuality equals integrity.  That is the philosophy for Tom Jager, the third-year head women's swimming coach at Washington State.  Jager, who spent seven seasons as the head coach at Idaho, was hired in May, 2011 to lead the Cougar program.


A 1987 graduate of UCLA, Jager was named the head coach at Idaho in Jan. 2004, after the Vandals' program was dormant for nearly two decades. Jager also helped bring back diving to Moscow in 2008.  A native of Collinsville, Ill., Jager earned six NCAA championships, including five individual, and two Olympic gold medals (1984) as a member of relay teams by the time he graduated from UCLA.


He added two gold medals on relay teams and a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympic Games. In 1992, he closed out his Olympic career with a gold medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay and a bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle.


Jager is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the USA Swim Team of the Century. He is a former captain of the U.S. national team, won 11 national titles and held the 50-meter freestyle world record three times, including a 10-year run from 1990-2000.  Jager and his wife, Becky, have two sons, Wyatt and Cy.


-Bio and photo courtesy of WSU Athletic Communications