They say if you choose a job you love, you\u2019ll never work a day in your life. The boys and girls swim coach at Shelton High School, Tom Jurzynski is living proof. After wrapping up his third season as the high school girls swim coach and currently in pursuit of finishing his fourth season as the coach of the boys, who are currently 8-3, Jurzynski said the groups of talented swimmers he works with in Shelton make his job a lot easier. \u201cWe\u2019ve got star swimmers and kids who just show up every day to give it their all, get in shape and get better,\u201d said Jurzynski. \u201cBut I wouldn\u2019t trade this group for any other.\u201d Jurzynski coaches year-round. He says swim is really his life and he loves it. \u201cI coach the girls in the fall and the boys team in the winter, and club swimming runs from early September until late June,\u201d said Jurzynski. \u201cIt can get tough at times, but I\u2019m able to handle it because I love what I do and the kids\u2019 parents are always so supportive, and John Niski really gave me full control of the teams. Plus, Terry Hallauer is my assistant coach for the girls team. She\u2019s great and definitely makes my job easier. I really couldn\u2019t ask for a better place to coach.\u201d Jurzynski said he began his swim career at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, where he went All-State in the 500-meter freestyle during his senior year. He then swam at Southern Connecticut for a year before it ended due to some complications he didn\u2019t share. Following his brief career at SCSU, Jurzynski said, he began his coaching career when he started volunteering at Woodland High School in Beacon Falls alongside his very first swim coach. He also spent time as an assistant coach for the girls swim team at Seymour High School and as the boys assistant coach at Masuk High School in Monroe. From his years of being an assistant coach with multiple programs across the state, Jurzynski said, he was ready for something new. \u201cI really just felt as though I was ready for a new challenge,\u201d said Jurzynski. \u201cThe rest is history. I applied for the position and became the coach for the boys swim team.\u201d Jurzynski became the girls head coach at SHS one season later. Since he first arrived at SHS, Jurzynski said, he\u2019s grown through his bonding experiences with the kids and has even helped prepare some of the more serious swimmers for their college swim careers. \u201cOur boys swim captain, Hunter Wronski, is heading to Roger Williams to swim next season. We also have other swimmers who are already in college,\u201d said Jurzynski. \u201cIt makes me proud to see them grow while in high school and then go off to do great things. It\u2019s a great thing to be a part of.\u201d Jurzynski said a change in divisions for his boys team has fueled his team to work even harder than they have in the past. \u201cThis is our first season up at Division 1 for the FCCs, which was a tough climb. We were in Division 3, which we won two years in a row prior to this, but our goal is to finish with a winning season and continue to improve.\u201d Jurzynski said he\u2019s impressed with his team\u2019s performance to date and that he has learned a lot through his experience as a coach. \u201cRegardless of what their reason is for swimming I\u2019ve learned that it\u2019s a good experience as long as you\u2019re challenging yourself and meeting the goals you set for yourself. Once you start to achieve your own goals, then we can collectively work on our team goals. Jurzynski describes himself as a very competitive person, so competitive that his favorite hobby is to watch any of his three favorite sports teams, the New York Knicks, New York Yankees or New York Jets, when he\u2019s not coaching.