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Pitt swimming and diving looking for new coach

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Since taking over as athletics director, Pitt's Scott Barnes has been incredibly busy, extending or replacing several coaches. He is on the lookout for another one as long-time swimming and diving coach Chuck Knoles is retiring.

Knoles has been with Pitt since 1990 and is the winningest coach in the program's history. He was a six-time Big East Coach of the Year and the men's team won the conference 11 times.

Somewhat interesting is that Knoles is retiring before the women's NCAA championships in a few weeks. Pitt has two swimmers competing in the event.

Despite some conference success in the Big East, Pitt's swimming program isn't considered among the elite. This year, the men finished tenth in the ACC and 18th in the ECAC Tournaments. The women placed sixth in the ECAC.

Barnes has made some strategic moves in regards to coaches (most recently, hiring renowned coach Jay Vidovich to take over the soccer program) and it's clear that he intends to upgrade as many programs as possible. It's hard to not expect a strong hire here.

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