Camp Staff

Mark Bernardino

Mark Bernardino

Mark Bernardino returned to the pool deck in July of 2014 as the Associate Head Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming at the University of South Carolina after a one year retirement. Bernardino served as Head Coach at the University of Virginia for 35 years from 1978 to 2013 where his tenure was marked by many great successes. His teams captured an Atlantic Coast Conference record 27 championship, 11 for the women, and 16 for the men (also the most men's titles). In 2013, both the men & women's teams earned their 6th consecutive ACC titles, the first time any program had achieved such a feat in ACC swimming history.

Bernardino has coached at least one UVA swimmer to every summer olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the trend continued in 2016 with a South Carolina Swimmer competing in the Rio Games. In 2012, Bernardino coached 5 athletes representing 3 countries to the Olympic Games. Included in this group are Matt McLean and Lauren Perdue, each gold medal winners representing the USA as members of the Olympic Champion 800 meter freestyle relays in London.

McLean and Perdue joined former UVa and American swimming standouts Ed Moses and Melanie Valerio in a class unlike any other - Olympic Gold Medalists. Moses earned gold with the men's 4x100 medley relay and silver in the 100 breastroke in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Valerio won gold in the Atlanta Games of 1996 as a member of the women's 4x100 freestyle relay.

In total, 13 Bernardino-coached athletes have competed in the Olympic Games while countless others have represented the USA or their home nations in the World Championships, Pan-American Games, Pan-Pacific Games, World University Games, European, African, and Asian Championships, and the Goodwill Games.

Bernardino has tutored over 105 individual All-Americans (earning 225 citations), 128 All-American relays, and four NCAA champions who have won a total of 6 individual NCAA titles. Additionally, under Bernardino's guidance, 18 student-athletes have earned ACC Swimmer of the Year honors a total 26 times. 16 freshman have taken home the ACC Freshman of the Year award as well. Furthermore, Bernardino has been name the ACC Coach of the Year and incredible 31 times, 18 on the men's side and 13 on the women's.

Bernardino's teams always succeeded at high levels in the classroom, earning CSCAA All-Academic honors on an annual basis. His athletes included two Rhodes Scholar Foundation finalists, 13 ACC Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 19 ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship winners.

Bernardino served as president of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) from 2009 - 2011, has been featured as a clinician and motivational speaker, and his summer swim camp is regarded as one of the nation's best at teaching techniques and mechanics.

From 2000 - 2004, Bernardino served as a member of the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Comittee, a prestigious appointment.

Since 2015, Bernardino has coached the Ecuador National Team at all major international competitions, including the 2016 & 2017 World Championships and the 2015 Pan-American Games. Prior to that, he was a long time coach for the USA National Team. He served as head coach for the World University Games teams in both 2001 (Beijing) and 2009 (Belgrade), and as an assistant coach for the 2011 Pan-American Games team (Guadalajara) and National Junior Team Invitational Competition in 2000 (Barcelona). Additionally, he has been both a head coach in 1993 and an assistant coach in 1986 for the U.S. Olympic Festival meets.


Don Easterling

Head Coach of NC State for 25 Years, 17 ACC Team Titles, 9 Olympians who won 4 Gold, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronzed Medals. Easterling has coached at every level: club, high school, college, and for the last 13 years, Masters Swim Coach. Multiple time ACC Coach of the Year, Easterling also coached the USA World University Games and Pan-American Game Teams. This will be Easterling's 30th year coaching in the Virginia Swim Camp!


June Watson

Returning for her 20th year coaching at Virginia Swim Camp, Watson has been the head swim coach at Marshall High School, in Marshall, TX for 25 years, and has taught high school math for 35 years.


Jon Larson

Fork Union Military Academy Coach and Aquatics Director; Coached Emmaus Aquatic Club; and was an outstanding swimmer at Alabama and Arizona Stat, High School Coach and Club Coach for 28 Years. Coached Bronze Medalist at 2012 London Paralympics.