Austin Surhoff Named Volunteer Assistant at Virginia

Austin Surhoff, courtesy Johns Hopkins Athletics

Former NCAA Champion Austin Surhoff has been named a volunteer assistant at the University of Virginia. He spent last season as an assistant with top-tier Division III team Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he spent much of his youth while his father was playing for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.

In his one season at Johns Hopkins, he helped coach the Men’s and Women’s teams to 4th and 5th place finishes, respectively, at the 2018 Division III NCAA championships. The team earned 64 All-American finishes and broke 6 Johns Hopkins team records.

As a swimmer, Surhoff swam at the University of Texas, where he was the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 200 yard IM. He earned 11 total All-American honors, including a 2nd NCAA title as part of Texas’ 2012 winning 400 free relay, and was the top individual scorer for the Longhorns when they won the 2010 team national championship.

In high school he trained at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under Armstrong and 2008 Olympic Team coach Paul Yetter. While training for them, Surhoff qualified for three US National Junior team and semi-finaled in the 200 IM at the 2008 Olympic Trials, finishing 11th.

Internationally, Surhoff also qualified for two USA World University Games teams, winning a silver medal at the 2013 Games, and finished 4th at the 2012 US Olympic Trials in the 200 IM.

Surhoff has an impressive list of mentors throughout his career, Besides Eddie Reese, Kris Kubik, and Paul Yetter, he also trained with 2016 U.S. Olympic Team men’s head coach Bob Bowman after graduating from Texas

Surhoff qualified for the USA Swimming National Team 3 times, and ended his elite career with an 8th-place finish in the 200 IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Surhoff is also an active Master’s swimmer, and recently set four relay National Records for the 25+ age group at the 2018 USMS Southern Zone Championships.

The Cavaliers won the ACC Women’s Championships last season in their first year under new head coach Todd DeSorbo, while the men finished 3rd. The women finished 9th at NCAAs and the men were 29th.

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Lost in the Sauce

Congrats to the UVA Men’s team for moving from 3rd to 1st in the 2018 ACC championships! Bold move by the NCAA vacating those meets for NC State and Louisville


Vacating those meets? I think you mean defeating those teams admirably.

Anne Pelton

Congrats Austin! Good choice! You’ll love Charlottesville!


Love to say the Hoos won the Men’s ACCs last year, but they were (a surprising) 3rd after having been picked to finish much lower. Give it a couple of years.

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