The 2023 Bellarmine Swimming & Diving team is primed for a very successful season. Last year, the Bells were WCAL champs and CCS runners-up. With 9 returning CCS finalists and a load of rising talent, the Bells will be a force to be reckoned with this season. New varsity co-head coaches Matthew Godar (’12) and Nathan Stibrich and assistant coach Matt McKim (‘20) bring their experience of Jesuit swimming and success to the program.
Matthew Godar has coached both club swimming and water polo at various levels. He was an All-American water polo player and CCS Finalist swimmer in his time at Bellarmine and went on to play water polo at Santa Clara, captaining the team his last few years. Matthew is incredibly excited to contribute to the tradition of excellence at Bellarmine and support the student-athletes in succeeding on and off the pool deck.
Nathan Stibrich was an All-American at Jesuit New Orleans and went on to swim four years for the University of Georgia. After volunteer coaching at Georgia Southern University, Nathan was the assistant coach at Jesuit High School of Tampa for ten years during which the team earned their first two state championships. He also coached at the club level for more than a decade and now teaches chemistry at Bellarmine.
Matt McKim is a current student at Santa Clara University and a Bellarmine alum, graduating in 2020. Before playing Division I water polo at Santa Clara, he was a 4-year varsity athlete in water polo and a 2-year varsity swimmer. He has coached for the last 5 years at clubs for both water polo and swimming.