Float seemed destined to swim. “With a name like Float,” he joked
during an interview with USA Swimming, “what else was I going to do?”
first discovered his gills when he joined Sacramento's Arden Hills Swim
Club, home to "big kids" Mark Spitz, Debbie Meyer and Mike Burton, all
of whom were trained by legendary US Olympic Coach Sherm Chavoor. The
pool proved itself the perfect outlet for this seven-year-old's pentup
energy and frustration; for at 13 months of age, Jeff contracted viral
meningitis and consequently lost his hearing.
Soon he was flying
through the ranks of regional swimming. After winning the State champs
with Jesuit High School, Jeff chose to attend USC, from which procured a
BA in psychology. A member of both the .80 and .84 Olympic teams
[peer-elected team captain in LA], Jeff had the great fortune of
swimming in his "home pool" at USC.
On Day One of competition, he placed fourth in the 200m free.
Day Two, swimming his retirement race, he and his 800m free-relay
teammates stunned the West Germans, smashed the World Record by five
seconds, and captured Gold. Now employed by Spare Time, Inc., as an
aquatics director, "Coach Jeff" enjoys age-group rec and year-round USA
Swimming programs as well as conducting one-on-one personal training and
Also a popular motivational speaker, Jeff is the
inventor of an ondeck training device called Floatwister, which was
featured in Sports Illustrated.
Residing in Sacramento with his wife Jan, Jeff considers it an honor to have participated in SAA swims for the past 14 years.