Chip Kline completed his eighth season at the University of Virginia and his fourth as the associate head coach in 2012-13. His responsibilities include coaching the sprinters and assisting with the design of the dryland and weight training programs, in addition to spearheading all recruiting efforts for both the men’s and women’s squads. In his eight years in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers have combined for 13 Atlantic Coast Conference championships – seven from the men and six from the women. Over that span, Virginia men’s and women’s swimmers have claimed 14 individual conference titles in sprint freestyle events. Kline has completely revitalized all aspects of how the program trains sprinting on a daily basis and has made UVa a place where sprinters want to come to race at the highest level. He has taught the intricacies of those events and made every effort to create an environment of pride and excellence among Virginia’s sprint corps. In May of 2011, Kline was named as an honorable mention selection for CollegeSwimming.com’s inaugural Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Kline, a native of South Charleston, W.Va., joined the Cavalier coaching staff in August of 2005 after serving as an assistant coach at Tennessee for five seasons. While at Tennessee, Kline helped coach a NCAA champion in the 100 backstroke, two NCAA runner-up relays, seven SEC champions, and a 200 medley relay that set the American record.
Prior to coaching at Tennessee, Kline was a member of the coaching staff at NC State for four seasons and served as associate head coach. He coached the Wolfpack’s 200 medley relay that set an ACC record as well as five ACC champions.
Kline began his coaching career in 1995-96 as assistant coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. He has also served as the head coach of Tennessee Aquatics, a United States Swimming club team based in Knoxville, Tenn.
Kline swam for two years at East Carolina University. He graduated from ECU in 1992 with a degree in communications.
In 1995, Kline earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Tennessee while simultaneously serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Vols for two years. Kline also received a master’s degree in athletics administration from Ohio University in 1993.