|Title:||Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach/ Aquatics Director|
Paul Waas, Jr. is in his sixth 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
Last season, CUA established seven school records, four of which were set by Julia Wisler. Wisler was one of six Cardinals to receive All-Landmark Conference honors, and she joined Joanna Ladas as individual conference champions.
On the men’s side, Caleb Capozella earned three Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Week awards, raising his career total to four.
11 of Waas’ student-athletes were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll and Capozella received All-Academic Team honors.
The 2010-11 season was full of highlights for Waas and the Cardinals, culminating with a terrific performance at the Landmark Conference championship meet. CUA won nine event championships and two of Waas' swimmers, Ladas and Capozella, were named the Landmark Conference Swimmer and Rookie of the Year. It marked the first time in conference history that one swimmer captured both awards, and CUA did it on the men's and women's side. In addition Waas and his staff received Women's Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.
During the course of last season CUA broke nine school records, including the men's 100 and 200 backstroke, men's 200 IM, women's 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free, women's 100 backstroke and the women's 400 medley relay.
Out of the pool, eight of Waas' student-athletes were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, Brendan Place was named to the conference's Winter All-Academic Team and Lisa Brooks received Academic All-District distinction.
Waas led the CUA women to a third place finish at the 2010 Landmark Conference championship. At the meet, school record holder Lisa Brooks won a pair of championships (100 and 200 breaststroke) and later was named to the conference All-Academic Team.
On the men’s side, a pair of Cardinals, Kevin Cravedi and Chris Gervais, posted top-ten finishes at the 2010 conference championship. During the 2008-09 season, Waas led the men's and women's teams to a third place finish at the conference meet. In addition, Brooks became the first CUA women’s swimmer since 1995 to qualify for the NCAA national meet.
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
In his first year on campus, Waas helped produce a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion on the women's side while the men had a swimmer named to the NCAA All-American squad.
In his second season, Waas had four of his athletes provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship meet.
Prior to Hamline, Waas was an assistant at SUNY-Oswego for four
seasons where he spearheaded recruiting efforts and worked with the
student-athletes. During his tenure, the Lakers won two
conference titles and were awarded 26 All-American
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 Takoma Park, Md., with his wife Maia and daughter Maeve.