CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., USA, August 29. AFTER five years with the men’s program at the University of Tennessee, Chip Kline has taken his coaching knowledge to the University of Virginia. Kline has been hired as an assistant by Mark Bernardino, the longtime head man at UVA. Aside from coaching, Kline will be turned to for recruiting support.
"We are extremely pleased and honored that Chip has chosen to join our staff," said Bernardino. "We know he is going to become an integral part of the success of Virginia swimming now and into the future. Chip joins us from the University of Tennessee where he experienced tremendous success. One of the most appealing aspects of Chip's background is that he was associate head coach at North Carolina State, which is a conference school. Chip is extremely familiar with two of the best swimming conferences in the nation, the SEC and the ACC. His knowledge of the athletes, the coaches and the recruiting footprint will all be critical to his role as assistant coach here at Virginia."
A product of East Carolina University, Kline attended Ohio University and Tennessee for graduate school and began his college coaching days as an assistant at Allegheny College in 1995. Kline has spent the last four years coaching Tennessee Aquatics and replaces Bill Smyth, who left Virginia to become the head coach at Boston University.
"I'm very excited to come to Virginia and join Mark Bernardino's staff," said Kline. "This is the premier swimming and diving program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I want to make whatever contributions I can to help UVA continue to ascend up the national ladder of prominence."