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Virginia names Todd DeSorbo head swimming coach

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DeSorbo comes from ACC foe NC State.

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After a somewhat lengthy search process, Virginia announced Monday morning that they’ve hired Todd DeSorbo as their head swimming and diving coach.

DeSorbo was at NC State for the last six years, and transformed the Wolfpack into a regional powerhouse. Their men have won the last three conference titles, and this year, the women snapped UVa’s run of nine straight ACC crowns. One of DeSorbo’s proteges is Ryan Held, who won gold at the Rio Olympics in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

“I’m excited to welcome Todd to the Virginia athletics family. He will bring great passion and energy to our swimming and diving programs,” UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement released by the school. Todd has developed world-class student-athletes and he’s played an instrumental role in the transformation of NC State’s program to a championships level.”

DeSorbo comes to Charlottesville after Augie Busch left for Arizona, his alma mater, about a month ago. “UVA's academic reputation for excellence coupled with the support from a phenomenal athletics department provides an environment for success at all levels,” he said in the statement.