Paul Waas
Paul Waas
Title: Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach / Aquatics Director
Phone: 202-319-6044

Paul Waas is in his tenth year at the helm of the CUA swim and dive 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.

In 2017, Waas led the Catholic men's swimming and diving team to their first Landmark Conference Championship Title.

In his time at CUA, Waas’ swimmers have broken 57 school records, won 44 Landmark event titles, five Landmark Swimmer of the Year awards, four Landmark Rookie of the Year awards, and four Senior Scholar-Athlete awards.

Waas has seen his team annually named to the CSCAA Scholar All-American list, and he has been named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In 2016, the Catholic women's swimming & diving team finished as the Landmark Conference runner-up for the second consecutive season while the men earned their third straight third-place finish. The Cardinals earned 12 First Team All-Landmark spots and 10 Second Team spots at the 2016-17 Landmark Conference Championships. Additionally, the team set 10 new school records.

During the 2015 season, CUA’s men finished in third place, just two points out of second place. The women were second, their highest finish in history. The team broke 13 school records, and 4 Landmark Conference records on the way to 6 event titles.

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.

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 way.

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. 

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 records.

Waas lives in College Park, Maryland, with his wife Maia, daughter Maeve and son Joe.