Bill Smyth to Head Assistant Swimming Coach
September 15, 1999 -- University of Virginia
Swimming Head Coach Mark Bernardino announced that Bill Smyth has
been promoted to head assistant coach for the Cavalier men's and
women's swimming programs.
Smyth replaces Eric McIlquham, who was recently named the head swimming
coach at West Virginia University.
"Bill is one of our all-time great swimmers at Virginia," said Bernardino.
"I am very happy to elevate Bill to head assistant coach. There
isn't a better person to have coach in our program. Bill has done
an outstanding job coaching the distance and individual medley swimmers
the last two years and I know he will continue to do a great job
in his new position."
Smyth, who has been a part-time coach for the Cavaliers, is beginning
his third season with the Virginia swimming program. In his new
position, he will continue to coach the distance and individual
medley swimmers, but now will be heavily involved in recruiting.
A 1994 Virginia graduate with a degree in psychology, Smyth had a distinguished
swimming career for the Cavaliers. He is a five-time All-American
and won six Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) individual titles, including
four in the 400 individual medley. He still holds the school and
conference records in the 400 individual medley at 3:47.98. Smyth
was also a finalist at the 1992 Olympic trials in the 400 individual
medley, placing fifth.
The Norristown, Pa., native has served as an assistant coach for some
of the top club teams in the nation since graduating from Virginia.
Smyth spent time with the Jersey Wahoos and the Phoenix Swim Club,
both of which sent swimmers to the 1996 Summer Olympics.