Bill Smyth Named Boston University Head Swimming Coach
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(Boston) — Bill Smyth, who is credited with the outstanding development of the University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming programs as the Cavavliers’ head assistant coach during the past eight years, has been named head coach of Boston University’s men’s and women’s swimming teams.
“We are very excited that Bill Smyth, a world class coach and competitor, will be joining the Boston University athletic family,” Boston University Director of Athletics Mike Lynch said in making the announcement today. “This is another step forward for Terrier Athletics, we are confident that Bill will bring the expertise and guidance to lead our men’s and women’s swimming programs to the next level.”
“It will be an honor to be working at Boston University. The people I met during the interview process were the deciding factor,” said Smyth. “With the new pool at the Fitness and Recreation Center, Boston University and the athletic department have taken a major step in their commitment to excellence not just in the America East Conference but on the national level as well.”
A five-time All-American swimmer for the Cavaliers during the early nineties, Smith has coached Virginia’s distance and individual medley swimmers and has been heavily involved in the recruiting phase of the program.
During the 2004-05 season, the Virginia men’s team won its seventh straight Atlantic Coast Conference title and finished 13th overall at the NCAAs. Two of the swimmers he coached earned First Team All-American honors—Pat Mellors, who took fifth in the 400 individual medley and John Millen, who captured sixth in the 1650 freestyle.
In addition, the women’s team was second at the ACC meet after winning the team title the previous two years.
At the 2004 NCAAs, Smyth coached two men and two women to top 10 finishes in the 1650 freestyle.
A 1994 University of Virginia graduate with a degree in psychology, Smyth specialized in the 400 individual medley. In addition to his five All-American recognition, he won six ACC individual titles, including four in the 400 individual medley. Smyth set the school and ACC records in the 400 individual medley in 1994 with a time of 3:47.98, which stood until the 2002 ACC Championships. Smyth was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men’s Swimming and Diving Team in August of 2002. He was a finalist at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 IM, placing fifth. Smyth was also a finalist at USA Nationals meets several times.
Smyth also has international coaching experience, as he served as an assistant coach for the Macedonian Olympic team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
A native of Norristown, Pa., Smyth has served as an assistant coach for some of the top club teams in the nation since his graduation from Virginia. He spent time with the Jersey Wahoos and the Phoenix Swim Club, both of which sent swimmers to the 1996 Summer Olympics.
“Bill Smyth is the finest distance coach in all of college swimming,” said Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino, who was also Smyth’s collegiate coach.
Smyth, who will assume his new position on July 1, takes over from Reagh Wetmore, who retired at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season. Wetmore has served as the Terriers’ head coach since the inception of both programs 30 years ago.
Boston University will hold the America East Swimming and Diving Championships in February of 2006.