Chris Ip Out as Brown University Men’s Coach After 5 Seasons

Ivy League school Brown University announced on Wednesday that men’s swimming & diving head coach Chris Ip would not return to the program next season. No explanation for the departure was given in response to a request for comment.

The 2018-2019 season was Ip’s 5th with the program. The team finished 6th out of 8 teams at the 2019 Ivy League Championship meet, which matched 2008 and 2017 as their best finish in the league in the last 17 seasons.

During Ip’s tenure, Brown finished in 7th place twice, in 6th place twice, and in the 2018 they didn’t compete at the Ivy League Championships when the team was suspended from competition as a result of hazing in violation of the school’s Code of Student Conduct.

Ip was previously an assistant with the Brown women’s team from 1983-1984, where that team won it’s first Ivy League title. Ip also had previous stops as the assistant men’s and women’s coach at LSU for 2 seasons; and 10 seasons as the head men’s and women’s coach at Clemson before the school cut its program.

From 1989 through 2002, Ip led the powerhouse NJCAA program at Indian River, which won all 26 NJCAA titles in his 13 seasons: the most in NJCAA history. Prior to that, he served as the head coach at Delaware, where he led the teams to 3 East Coast Conference titles.

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Hoping for the Best

Do you think Brown will combine Men and Women’s program under the tutelage of the women’s coach? Wonder if this was the coach’s choice or the school’s choice.

If not, I wonder who would be a good candidate. Great facility at Brown, great institution. Who can make them a great program?

Best of luck!

Chris Ip has done a great job everywhere he has been at all college levels. Best of luck in next challenge or retirement!


Interesting choice to get rid of the coach considering the program’s phenomenal comeback from a suspension season. Topping the swimswam rankings in time improvement, multiple podium finishes at conference (including relays), and a finish above 7th in scoring for the first time in (recent?) memory. All told it does not make sense considering this past year’s accomplishment. Were the swimmers involved in this decision? (And does anyone know if they typically are in this sort of situation?)

Poppin Ov

From what I know swimmers were completely blindsided, they had confidence in him

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