2013 NCAA Championships
Courtesy of: Peter Bick
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, July 17. NEW Virginia head coach Augie Busch hasn't wasted much time in assembling not only a strong staff, but one that has a lot of familiarity for the former longtime Wildcat assistant. Today, Busch tabbed former three-time NCAA champion Cory Chitwood as his newest assistant.

This is a quick rise for the recently retired swimmer, who just last year served as an assistant coach with LSU under head coach Dave Geyer.

"While I've certainly enjoyed my time at LSU with Dave and have a lot of respect for the Tigers, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity presented to reconnect with Augie," Chitwood told Swimming World. "I have tremendous respect for Augie, and am excited to be able to help him lead the Virginia Cavaliers to new heights in the coming years."

Chitwood had a tremendous collegiate career, winning the 200-yard backstroke from 2010-12 even after battling through a shoulder injury in 2009. He was a go-to swimmer for the Arizona Wildcats in the waning years of Frank Busch's reign prior to Busch moving on to USA Swimming.

Last year, Chitwood helped the Tigers to an extremely strong season, with both the men's and women's programs reaching new levels under Geyer. Chitwood comes from a strong lineage of coaches and is not only connected to the Busch clan that includes Frank and Augie, but he also swam under Northern Kentucky Clipper head coach Jason Roberts, who has produced some amazing talent throughout his coaching career.

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