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U.Va. Promotes 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.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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