This August, Todd DeSorbo accepted an offer to become the new head coach of the University of Virginia swim team. DeSorbo had previously been associate head coach at ACC rival NC State, and he explained his decision and his transition on this episode of Off Deck.
In the interview, DeSorbo explained what was attractive to him about the Virginia job and why he chose to pursue that position over other openings around the country — even if Virginia is a rival of his former team.
DeSorbo explained how it felt to tell his good friends on the NC State coaching staff that he was leaving for a head coaching opportunity. and how it felt to inform his swimmers. He reflected some on how he helped advance the careers of Ryan Held, Simonas Bilis and other Wolfpack swimmers.
Next, he gave some insight into the building of a new program, including what were the first objectives he sought to fulfill after arriving on campus and why he targeted specific coaches such as Tyler Fenwick. Finally, he discussed his long-term vision for the program, including how he hopes to balance success on the collegiate level and on the international level.
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