Sergio Lopez Named Head Coach at Virginia Tech

Photo Courtesy: Singapore Swimming Federation

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Monday that Sergio Lopez Miro has agreed to serve as head coach of the Virginia Tech swimming and diving program. He joins the Hokies after spending the past two seasons as the associate head coach at Auburn University, following a two-year stint as the head high performance coach of the Singapore Swimming Association.

Lopez Miro owns previous head coaching experience at West Virginia from 2004-07, where he was a two-time Big East Men’s Coach of the Year. His list of notable pupils includes Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling.

“We enthusiastically welcome Sergio, his wife Sandy, and their children Harley and Cobi to Hokie Nation,” Babcock said. “We are thrilled to have a coach with Sergio’s pedigree and proven record of producing elite competitors in Olympic and NCAA competition. His personal history of accomplishment as a competitor was just another plus that made him stand out as our top candidate. The addition of Sergio to our roster of talented head coaches gives another reason to be encouraged about the future of our swimming and diving program under his tutelage.”

“I am truly excited to become part of the Hokie Family and feel honored by the trust that Whit Babcock and Danny White are placing in me to help lead the Virginia Tech’s swimming and diving team to the top,” Lopez Miro said. “Virginia Tech has so much to offer academically and athletically, that along with the great swimming base in the state of Virginia, the sky is the limit for the team. Besides being a great draw for in-state swimmers, the strong reputation of Virginia Tech will attract top level swimmers from across the USA and the world.”

Following his stint at WVU, Lopez led the prestigious Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida from 2007-14. During his tenure, he led both the boys’ and girls’ teams to state titles and his teams held five of the 11 independent school national high school records. In addition, the boys team claimed four national titles while the girls finished as runners-up twice. Murphy and Schooling both swam for Lopez Miro at Bolles.

While working with the Singapore Swimming Association, Lopez Miro created and coached the National Training Center where he worked with 33 of the best swimmers in the country. He developed and coached the first Olympic gold medalist, Schooling, in Singapore’s history. He is a three-time Olympic team coach, serving as the head coach for Singapore at the 2016 Rio games and as an assistant in 2012 for the London games. In addition, Lopez Miro was the head coach for Netherlands Antilles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Barcelona, Spain native was a member of the Spanish national team from 1984-96. He won a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships and has held European and U.S. Open records as well as 14 records in Spain. Lopez Miro claimed a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 200 breaststroke.

Lopez Miro began his coaching career as a volunteer at Arizona from 1994-96. From 1996-97 he was the technical director at the Cantabric Swimming Federation in Santander, Spain before returning to the U.S. to serve as the head coach at Hillenbrand Aquatics in Tucson, Arizona.

He returned to the college ranks to serve as an assistant (2000-03) coach at Northwestern before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003. While there he helped the Wildcats to produce seven All-Americans, eight Big Ten champions, a Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and a Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Lopez graduated from American University in 1992 with a degree in Kinesiology. During his collegiate career, Lopez Miro earned nine All-America honors in the breaststroke and IM events.

Press release courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics.

29 Comments

29 comments

  1. John Charles

    Who going to be University of Florida new Swim Coach

  2. Mike Davidson

    Congratulations Sergio Lopez Miro!

  3. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations and good luck Sergio

  4. Noria Gaier

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻So Happy for you Sergio Lopez and family 😊

  5. Carolyn Moore Griglione

    Lucky VA Tech. Christiansburg Aquatic Center is incredible. Carolyn Griglione – Michelle’s mom.

  6. J David Hillery

    Best to ya Sergio and welcome to the Old Dominion.

  7. Yoav Bruck

    Congrats Sergio Lopez Miro WDE, glad you got a taste of Auburn and good luck

  8. Andy Gallion

    Welcome to Hokie Nation. You’ll soon know what “This is home’ means.

  9. Don George

    Congratulations Sergio. Best to you and the family

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    James

    Congratulations!

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    Jim Nickell

    The man can coach!

  12. avatar

    Congrats Sergio see you soon

Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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