De La Salle Names New Swimming and Diving Coach

Tom Johnson is named Head Swimming Coach as Steve Guthrie ends his twenty-nine-year tenure

CONCORD, CA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 – De La Salle High School today announced that Tom Johnson, a veteran swimming and diving coach, will take over the head coaching duties from Steve Guthrie. Coach Guthrie, a DLS math instructor at the school, steps down as head coach after 29 years. During his tenure, Coach Guthrie was instrumental in the swimming and diving world at league, section, and state levels. He made a huge impact on countless student athletes and coaches. He remains on staff as a math instructor.

“We want to thank Coach Guthrie for his many years of service as coach and for leading an excellent program. His tireless effort and dedication to the swim community will never be duplicated,” said Vice President for Athletics Leo Lopoz ’94. Mr. Lopoz went on to say, “Tom knows our program well, and he brings a wealth of experience as a swim coach.”

Coach Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hayward State University. He swam at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was a conference finalist, and at Diablo Valley College, where he was a Junior College All-American. He was a four-year letterman at Northgate High School, where he was a NCS Finalist as well as a Junior National qualifier. Coach Johnson returned to his high school alma mater to coach and to lead the aquatics program, where his team captured a league championship and the school's first North Coast Section swimming title. 

"I am truly honored to be selected to lead the De La Salle Swimming and Diving program,” said Coach Johnson. “I am committed to maintaining the high standards of performance and sportsmanship that are commonplace at De La Salle. For my family and myself, this is the opportunity of a lifetime!" Coach Johnson and his wife Michelle have two sons who attend St. Francis of Assisi. When not at the pool, Coach Johnson works in outside sales for a technology company.

by Shannon Danser