Westmont is excited to begin its first women’s swimming team in fall 2019 with its newly hired head coach, Jill Jones Lin.
“Jill has a strong pedigree in both swimming and Christian leadership,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director. “Her energy and enthusiasm is palpable. She also has a strong understanding of athletics as part of the liberal arts experience, and places emphasis on the priority of being a student.”
Jones Lin brings 19 years of experience as a year-round competitive swimmer at the high school, club and collegiate level. Jones Lin, an alumna of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, competed as an NCAA Division I swimmer and served two years as team captain.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Westmont team and work alongside the other incredible coaches and faculty,” said Jones Lin. “The Santa Barbara community is incredibly welcoming and Westmont is no different. I love that I get to combine two of my passions, swimming and mentoring student-athletes as they prepare for life after college. The Westmont athletic community is very competitive in the NAIA and the Westmont student-athletes that I have encountered are motivated and driven to be the best in their conference.”
For the past two years, she has coached as a senior assistant swim coach at both Orinda Aquatics in Moraga and Springbrook Swim Club in Lafayette.
Westmont announced earlier this year that it is adding an intercollegiate women’s swimming program beginning with the 2019-20 season. Jones Lin will begin immediately, recruiting athletes for next year’s team. Prospective student-athletes are encouraged to visit athletics.westmont.edu/recruits.