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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, including the 2012 London Games, where 5 Cavaliers represented 3 different countries. 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, 12 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 100 individual All-Americans (earning 207 citations), 125 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.

Bernardino is 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). In the summer of 2015, Bernardino served as the Head coach for Ecuador at both the World Championships in Kazan, Russia and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Additionally, he has been both a head coach in 1993 and an assistant coach in 1986 for the U.S. Olympic Festival meets.

Bill Smyth

Bill Smyth

Bill Smyth enters his 10th season as head coach of the Boston University swimming and diving program, looking to build on the impressive gains made by the team over the last few years, which includes thrilling women's team titles 2009 and 2010 and a sweep of the conference championships in 2012. In 2013, Smyth led both squads to ECAC championship.

Since his arrival at BU, Smyth's athletes have won 69 individual conference crowns - including 15 in 2011 - at the America East Championship. In addition, Smyth owns a .681 winning percentage in dual-meet action with the men and the women's squad has won 82.4 percent of its dual meets over the past five seasons. A total of 15 women's swimming records have been broken during his tenure, as well as 17 on the men's side. He is the four-time defending America East Coach of the Year on the men's side, and in 2008, he swept the awards by claiming it on the women's side.

In 2012, Smyth led the Terriers to a sweep of the confernce championship for the first time since 1994. Freshman Connor Stuewe was named Rookie of the Meet while junior Melinda Matyas captured her third straight Diver of the Meet award.

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Bridger Bell

Bridger Bell

Bridger Bell is the head coach at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, Maryland. Prior to that, he coached at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where his boys and girls teams each won Georgia High School State Championships. Bridger served for six years as the National Director of Collegiate Club Swimming for the American Swimming Association, presiding over its growth from four to sixty-eight teams across the country holding over forty regular-season meets, seven regional championships and a national championship each season. Coach Bell has been a competitive swimmer himself all his life and was USMS National Champion and USMS All-American in the 2-mile cable swim. He was featured as a coach in the July and August 2014 issues of Swimming World Magazine. In addition to high school teams, Bridger has coached summer league, collegiate club, USA Swimming, and Masters.

Additional Staff

  • Don Easterling - Retired Head Coach, North Carolina State University
  • June Watson - Retired Swim Coach, Marshall H.S. (Texas)
  • ... and more outstanding coaches!