BREAKING: Mark Bernardino Lands Himself Associate Head Coach Position at South Carolina

Mark Bernardino just landed an associate head coaching position at the University of South Carolina only a year after his abrupt departure from UVA LINK, where he won 27 ACC Championships.  Bernardino reigned as king in the ACC swimming world for 35 years, but it seems as though he’s ready to shake up the SEC swimming power house.

After retiring from UVA, Bernardino signed a non-disparagement clause, meaning neither party can speak poorly about the other to a third party, even when other employers inquired about Bernardino himself.  Another stipulation of his retirement was that UVA agreed to pay Bernardino his $104,000 salary for the next two years regardless of whether he found a new job or not.

While there could be mixed emotions about where Bernardino has chosen to continue his esteemed coaching legacy, South Carolina is nothing but excited to start this new chapter with one of the greats.  USC head coach McGee Moody said, “we are very excited about adding Mark to the staff…He has a proven track record of success on the national and international stage…We look forward to getting him on campus and getting to work”.

Bernardino hopes to add to his coaching resume now that he resides in what he calls “the premiere swimming and diving conference in the country”.  The Gamecocks have been in the lower tier of the SEC with the men finishing 33rd at the 2014 NCAA Championships, and 10th and the SEC Championships. The women’s program finished 11th at the 2014 SEC championships.  Bernardino hopes to turn that around this year as is the college swimming world to see what’s in store for the South Carolina Gamecocks this coming season.

Feel free to read the University of South Carolina’s full Press Release here.

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Very interesting development.

Any inside intel on the reason(s) he left Va on on why he has hooked on with SC


I’ve known Coach Bernadino for over 20 years. I’ve never known him to say or do anything to merit the treatment (Shafting) he got from UVAs’ AD. I am glad he found an opportunity at South Carolina. Go Mark


In today’s work environment, you cannot get away with the stuff he was doing. At least AD gave coach a one year probation. Coach didn’t fix the problems. Pretty sad on coaches part.


Hey Stuff,

Please elaborate on what Bernadino was doing and the problems he didn’t fix.

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