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
2 years ago

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!
2 years ago

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

Questionable
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Questionable
2 years ago

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

Swim Baron
2 years ago

Great man, great coach! Ip has a wonderfully creative mind and genuinely cares for the athletes. It’s a shame to see him go but I’m sure he will find a great next step.

Input
2 years ago

It’s a tough environment to balance swimming with rigorous academics, but all the Ivy League schools have shown over the years the ability to create All-America level swimmers. On the men’s and women’s sides in relatively recent years Righi at Yale, Teuscher at Columbia, Lennox at Princeton, Farris at Harvard, Cornell had a great breast stroker, I’m forgetting a ton obviously but it’s a great gig to coach in that league. Although small it’s a great league all around that creates lots of great graduates. Hopefully Brown will get a great replacement.

DrivinWheel
2 years ago

Brown should issue an explanation to protect the reputation of Coach Ip and Brown. Elite School + non-revenue sport + lower half league performance = opportunity for admissions scandal as seen at Yale and numerous other schools.

sscommenter
Reply to  DrivinWheel
2 years ago

A 7-year-old brand new facility + best finish in the past 5 years was 6 of 8th = new coaching move without having to make a big statement about it.

DrivinWheel
Reply to  sscommenter
2 years ago

That’s exactly the problem. Anyone could see the improvement in the pool at Ivies, so why the move? Not swim-performance related.

sscommenter
Reply to  DrivinWheel
2 years ago

they couldn’t crack top 5, out of 8 teams in the conference. hard to argue that isn’t related to performance

Coach DL2
2 years ago

Coach Ip did a fantastic job navigating a really difficult circumstance at Brown. The students adore him and swam very well for him this year. Chris doesn’t deserve this treatment and the students are not being considered at all in this decision by the administration. Now they need to adjust to a new coach after coming back from a team suspension. Very challenging for those boys to have to continuously go through these transitions after all of the stayed at Brown to pay their dues and earn the right to compete for Brown once again.

Best wishes to Coach Ip and the Brown students.

Austin
2 years ago

Very odd to fire someone after 5 years and not have a statement of gratitude from the AD. Here, it was simply, “He’s not coming back.” Makes me believe that it was something beyond performance in the pool.

Look at Nebraska for contrast. Here is Nebraska’s AD after firing the basketball coach a few days ago: “Tim Miles is a good basketball coach who has put his heart, soul and energy into the Nebraska men’s basketball program over the past seven years,” Moos said. “Ultimately, we have not maintained a level of consistent success and stability on the court, and after a full review I have made the decision to move in another direction for the leadership of our program.”

PowerPlay
Reply to  Austin
2 years ago

Basketball is a big time sport and Nebraska aims to be a big time program. With all due respect, we’re talking about Brown men’s swimming. Don’t know how the Brown coach was perceived by the AD and university, but results have been mediocre at best. It’s tough to recruit the talent to Brown and will only get tougher as college admissions scandal likely means less leniency on academic standards in “non-major” sports. Hope they get a great coach for their environment.

Austin
Reply to  PowerPlay
2 years ago

Brown has 35 or so sports. Unless the AD fired all the coaches on the same day, it should’t have been too hard to add a simple statement to the press release. “Chris Ip has led Brown men’s swimming and diving through some difficult times. The team set many school records and performed admirably in the classroom. Our competitive results haven’t been to Brown’s expectations and I’ve decided to look for new leadership. We thank Chris for his service and wish him all the best in the next chapter in his career.” That would have taken 15 seconds for a sports information person to write.

I hope they get a great coach, too. I think the admissions thing will… Read more »

PowerPlay
Reply to  Austin
2 years ago

Not saying anything nice about the departing coach make one speculate the dilsmissal may have been for cause, or they don’t want evidence out there for a wrongful termination suit. Tennisb coach plead guilty. Will be interesting if the fraud go higher up the hierarchy like it did at USC.

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