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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia head swimming coach Mark Bernardino has announced that Chip Kline has been promoted to associate head coach. Kline is entering his fifth season with the Cavaliers.

“We are really pleased to announce that Chip has been elevated to the position of associate head coach for swimming at the University of Virginia,” Bernardino said. “This is a very well-deserved honor and recognition for all he has done for our team and our program. We are looking forward to many more years of Chip serving the team and the department in this role.”

In four years at Virginia, Kline has helped the Cavaliers to five ACC titles, three for the men and two for the women. The Virginia men notched their highest finish in school history in 2009, finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships. The women placed 12th at NCAAs, their highest finish since 2002.

Kline, a native of South Charleston, W. Va., is responsible for coaching the Cavalier sprinters as well as assisting with the design of dry land and weight training programs. Kline also spearheads all recruiting efforts for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Kline spent five seasons as an assistant at Tennessee and four seasons at NC State while serving as the associate head coach with the Wolfpack. He began his coaching career in 1995 as an assistant at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

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