As a new school year begins at Virginia, a new era is underway for the Cavalier swimming and diving program. New head coach Augie Busch has officially taken over the program, and is prepping for the new season which begins Oct. 25.
"I'm excited to be a part of a huge tradition, excited to be a University that has such an incredible reputation throughout the country and throughout the world really," said Busch.
Busch comes to Virginia from Houston, where he was head coach of the women’s squad for the past two seasons. In his two seasons with the Cougars, Busch led his squad to a fourth-place finish in Conference USA in 2012 and to a second-place league finish in 2013.
Busch takes over for Mark Bernardino, who was head coach of the Cavaliers for 35 years before retiring in July.
"I know the impact Mark has had on his athletes over the course of many many years," Busch said. "I think, over time, the people who have represented this program in the past are going to see that I am made of a lot of those same leadership qualities, and that our program will stand on those same sort of principles."
The UVa men's and women's swimming and diving teams have both won six straight ACC titles. Busch says there is pressure to continue those streaks, but he also hopes to take the program to new heights.
"No one's going to put more pressure than I put on myself already. I have designs on continuing that streak. I think that we can do it, but I also have designs on creating a new level of focus on NCAAs, and trying to become a little more prominent on the national stage."