Longtime UVA swimming and diving coach Mark Bernardino (Com ’74, Educ ’78) retired unexpectedly on July 1, after having led UVA to 27 conference titles—the most in ACC history—during his 35-year career.
“It is a difficult day filled with mixed emotions and I have not come to this decision lightly,” Bernardino said in a statement. “This job and this University, along with my family, have been my life and my passion for nearly as long as I can remember. But I come to this decision with confidence in the future.”
Under Busch, 37, the Cougars recorded personal-best times in 90 percent of their swims and broke seven school records in 2013. Before joining Houston, Busch coached at the University of Arizona for eight seasons, where his team earned 15 top-five NCAA finishes, more than any other program during that period. His tenure in Tucson was highlighted by both Wildcat teams winning NCAA Championships in 2008.
Busch is the son of current USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch, who was a six-time NCAA Coach of the Year.