Paul Waas is in his seventh year at the helm of the CUA swim teams. He serves a dual role at Catholic University as the men's and women's swim coach in addition to being the aquatics director.
2014 saw the Cardinal men and women both place 3rd at the Landmark Conference Championship meet. It matched their highest finish in league history. For the men, Guido Saccaggi was named Landmark Rookie of the Year. For the women, Christine Loughery was named Landmark Rookie of the Year, while Joanna Ladas and Julia Wisler were named Landmark co-Swimmer of the Year.
In his time at CUA, Waas’ swimmers have broken 34 school records, won 29 Landmark event titles, 4 Landmark Swimmer of the Year awards, 4 Landmark Rookie of the Year awards, and 2 Senior Scholar Athlete awards.
Waas has seen his team annually named to the Scholar All-American list, and he has been named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Waas came to CUA from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.,
where he led the men's and women's squads to great levels of
success for two seasons, breaking over ten school records along the
Prior to Hamline, Waas was an assistant at SUNY-Oswego for four seasons. During his tenure, the Lakers won two conference titles and were awarded 26 All-American honors.
Also at Oswego, Waas worked on the youth level running the Oswego Laker Swim Club as well as at various camps in the area.
Waas graduated from Oswego with a bachelor's in communication
studies. While coaching, he also received his master's degree
in adolescent education. Swimming for the Lakers, Waas was a
two-year captain with numerous conference accolades and school
Waas lives in College Park, Maryland, with his wife Maia and daughter Maeve.