Varsity Girls Swimming & Diving
T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More – Building a TEAM and creating a synergy that motivates and drives young people to work towards and achieve their goals, to me, are the gifts of coaching.
- Jeff Thompson, Director of Aquatics, Varsity Head Coach
Jeff ThompsonHead Coach
Jeff Thompson has developed a simple, four-word motto over nearly two decades as a swimming coach: Grit. Resilience. Reliability. Ownership. These simple but powerful words guide Thompson’s vision as a swimmer, coach, teacher, and administrator.
2018-19 was his fifth season at the helm for Germantown Academy.
During the 2018-19 season, Thompson led GA to a third-place finish at Easterns.
In the 2017-18 season, Thompson helped the GA girls swimming team to a fifth-place finish at Easterns. He coached five All-League Swimmers, four Easterns champions, two Inter-Ac League champions and one All-American during the year.
Before coming to GA in fall 2014, Thompson spent 17 years as a USA Swimming Coach for the Terre Haute Torpedoes (IN) and 15 years as the head coach of the Terre Haute South Vigo High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams. With the Torpedoes, Thompson helped grow the club from 60 to 300 swimmers of all ages, as well as developed a learn-to-swim program and a Masters’ swim team. He has developed and mentored state champions, junior and senior national qualifiers, and sent swimmers to compete successfully at Division I colleges and universities. As the head coach of Vigo High School, Thompson led the team to its first boys’ sectional title in February 2010, while the girls’ team enjoyed 15 consecutive winning seasons. He also has experience in the planning, financing and building of two new pools in the Terre Haute area.
Thompson earned his Master of Science degree in coaching from Indiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in math education from the same school. Thompson, who swam competitively at University of Illinois, Urbana, also earned a bachelor’s degree from the school in civil engineering.
In his first year with the GA Varsity program in 2015, Thompson led the girls’ team to an Inter-Academic League title, and a fifth consecutive title at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.
In addition to his posts as Director of Aquatics and Head Coach for the GA varsity swim program and the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club (GAAC), Thompson also teaches 5th Grade math in GA’s Lower School.
(Updated: Feb. 2019)
Donny BrushHigh Performance Coach
Joining GA in April 2015, Donny Brush brings to the program more than 20 years of experience as a professional swimming coach at the age group, high school, and collegiate levels. A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Brush comes to GA after one year with the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers, preceded by nine successful years at Indiana University as Associate Head Coach for men’s and women’s swimming and Assistant Head Coach for the coordination of training and student athlete development.
Throughout his time at IU and in prior coaching positions, Brush consistently develops strategies that improve both team and individual development, and takes extra steps to train the bodies and minds of his student-athletes. To briefly summarize his impressive coaching career, Brush has worked with more than 100 NCAA All Americans, three Individual NCAA Champions, 16 USA National Team Members, 15 Olympians (2016 - 2 Gold medals, 1 Bronze; 2012 - 1 Bronze), 12 American Record Holders, and 28 World Record Holders.
Brush graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Indiana State University and also earned a Master of Science degree in student-athlete development from the same school.
At GA, Brush will spend the majority of his time working with the senior-level student-athletes, but will also work in the pool with GA’s swim classes during the day.
Matthew Cox knows GA's swimming tradition well. He joined GAAC in 2002 and swam GA Varsity for four years. Cox was a member of two Easterns Championship teams (2005 and 2006). As a senior, Matt was Easterns champion in the 200 IM, placed second in the 500 and was part of GA's winning 200 freestyle relay team. Cox was a nine-time All-American and a two-time winner of the Luis B. Spealer MVP award. He qualified for Senior Nationals in the 200 IM. Matt went on to swim varsity at Penn State University, specializing in the butterfly and IM events. He currently has the sixth fastest time in Penn State history for the 400 IM.
After completing a B.S. in Kinesiology, Cox coached at Upper Merion Aquatic Club (where he started his swimming career) before joining GA as an assistant coach in 2013. He coached stroke mechanics and dryland training with the senior group athletes as well as the water polo team. As Head Age Group Coach, Matt designs and oversees the training and competitions of the age group program, ensuring that the needs of all athletes are met. He has ASCA Level 2 certification. Matt has coached over 15 Junior Olympic qualifiers and two age group swimmers ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
Thomas HenningerDiving Coach
Henninger is the Head Diving Coach at his alma mater, Germantown Academy. After graduating in 2007, he competed for the University of California, Berkeley where he helped the Bears win the NCAA Division I Team Title in 2011.
Henninger's accomplishments include being a Junior Olympic and Senior National Qualifier, PAC 10 Finalist, GA Record Holder, NCAA Qualifier, Inter-Academic League Record Holder. He also has five years of Junior Olympic coaching experience (Centennial Diving) and has spent two summers working with John Wingfield (2008 Olympic Head Diving Coach) along with various Olympic, collegiate, and international coaches at Ripfest Diving Camp in Indiana. Tom is fully certified and safety trained through USA Diving, USA Swimming, American Red Cross, and Amateur Athletic Union.
Nina SmithUpper School Assistant Coach
Peggy BradleyPart-Time Meet Assistant
The Patriots play and practice in the Edward Lavino Natatorium. It is located below the Big Gym and sits across from the Field House.
The GA swimming pool is a heated, six-lane, 25-meter indoor pool. Starting blocks line the deep end that includes a rope swing and two different height diving boards. The pool also has an electronic timing system and a learn-to-swim platform. Male and female changing rooms are available. There is spectator seating for about 150 in the gallery area above the pool deck. Restrooms can be accessed on the pool deck floor. There is an area to set up ticket sales near the spectator entrance, as well as a small concession stand.
Germantown Academy Pool
- 6 Lanes
- Rectangle, 75 x 45'
- 21-meter Diving Board (12 feet water)
- Turn Ends, 4'
- Fitness Room and Equipment
- 5 Pull-up Bars
- Plyometric Blocks
- 9 Vasa Incline Boards
- 9 Spin Bikes
- 4 East German Incline Boards
- 3 Stepping Machines
- 4 Erg Machines
- Recompense Bike