Todd DeSorbo has been hired as the University of Virginia’s new head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach, Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage has announced. DeSorbo accepts the position at UVA after serving the last six seasons as associate head coach at NC State, which won the 2017 men’s and women’s ACC titles.
WOLF’s out of the Bag. LET’s GO HOOS! pic.twitter.com/4AIwrWTzMM
— Todd DeSorbo (@ToddDeSorbo) August 7, 2017
“I’m excited to welcome Todd to the Virginia athletics family,” Littlepage said in this press release from UVA. “He will bring great passion and energy to our swimming and diving programs. Todd has developed world-class student-athletes and he’s played an instrumental role in the transformation of NC State’s program to a championships level. He will bring highly talented student-athletes to Grounds and display an unwavering commitment to helping them reach their goals in and out of the pool.”
“I’m honored and humbled for this opportunity to lead the University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs,” DeSorbo said in the same press release. “UVA’s academic reputation for excellence coupled with the support from a phenomenal athletics department provides an environment for success at all levels. I’m appreciative to the administration at UVA, including director of athletics Craig Littlepage and senior associate athletics director Dirk Katstra for their support and confidence in me to continue to build upon UVA’s rich history. I’m excited for this next step in my career and look forward to a bright future with the Cavaliers and in Charlottesville.”
NC State men have captured three consecutive ACC titles and finished fourth overall at the 2017 NCAA Championships. DeSorbo, who was an assistant at his alma mater, UNC-Wilmington, for five years before heading to Raleigh, managed NC State’s recruiting, training, and daily operations while also primarily coaching the sprinters and being a developmental specialist.
Swim Swam writes that DeSorbo “has gotten a ton of head coaching buzz as NC State has continued its meteoric rise into the NCAA’s top echelon of teams. Desorbo works specifically with the sprint group, which has been NC State’s bread and butter in its rise. The Wolfpack men have won a pair of NCAA relay titles over the past two years while the sprint group produced Olympic finalist Simonas Bilis and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held.”