Former Virginia swimmer Matt McLean, who won a gold medal at this summer's Olympics in London, has joined the Cavaliers' swimming and diving staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
“There is no way in words to express what Matt means to me personally and to our program,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said in a release announcing McLean's addition on Thursday.
“It’s not only great to be back in the area, but it’s great to back with such a positive group of athletes,” McLean said. “They’re a great group to work with and I’m hoping to take everything I’ve learned and relay it to them and help the team improve.”
McLean was a member of the United States 4x200-meter freestyle relay team that won the Olympic event in July. In college, McLean was a three-time ACC Swimmer of the Year, won 17 conference titles, and was the 2011 NCAA champion in the 500-yard freestyle.
“He is one of the greatest athletes in any sport to compete for the University of Virginia," Bernardino said. "To have him on our pool deck interacting with our team, teaching the lessons of discipline and hard work and showing them how to sacrifice to be all you can possibly be, should only help to elevate our student-athletes now and into the future.”