Kentucky Associate Head Coach Chip Kline Hired to Lead Indiana Swim Club

Chip Kline, courtesy: Kentucky Athletics

Indiana Swim Club, the USA Swimming club team based out of Indiana University in Bloomington, has announced the hiring of Chip Kline as its new head coach. Kline will assume the position on September 1, 2020.

Kline most recently spent the last 7 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, including the last 4 as an associate head coach. Prior to that, he spent 8 seasons at the University of Virginia, working primarily with the sprint group there.

During his time at Kentucky, the women’s team had 6 consecutive top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships, and last season placed 3rd at the SEC Championships. Prior to that, while a coach at Virginia, the Cavaliers combined for 13 ACC team titles including a record 6 consecutive titles for both the men’s and women’s seasons.

He also spent 5 seasons as an assistant at the University of Tennessee, and 4 seasons at NC State, where he was promoted to associate head coach.

“I am excited to take the lead in building a top-flight club that will become the backbone of age group (youth) swimming in Bloomington and increase ISC’s leadership in the Indiana swimming community,” Kline said of his new position.

Indiana head coach Ray Looze says that Kline will have no official role in coaching Indiana University swimmers nor the post-graduate group.

Phil Cole, the former head coach of Indiana Swim Club and Bloomington South High School, retired last spring. Jeff LeBeau was promoted to interim head coach for the 2019 short course season, but in March, as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up in the US, he left to become the associate head coach at Newburgh Sea Creatures – another Indiana club and the childhood home of Olympic gold medalist Lily King.

Since them, Curtis Goss stepped in as interim head coach, a role that he’s held for most of the pandemic.

During pre-pandemic times, ISC practices out of 5 pools, including Bloomington High School North and Bloomington High School South, plus 3 pools on the Indiana University campus. Since the restart of training, they have also been using the Southeast YMCA pool.

About Indiana Swim Club:

ISC was originally founded in 1955 as Bloomington Swim Club by the legendary Dr. James E. “Doc” Counsilman as a competitive swimming program for children ages 5-21. Originally sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation, the club became a not-for-profit organization in 1967, run by a Board of Directors consisting of parents and other interested members of the community. In 2018, Bloomington Swim Club joined with the Counsilman Center Indiana Swim Team to form the Indiana Swim Club. ISC is a member of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming, and Indiana Swimming, Inc. (ISI), the governing body for swimming in the state of Indiana.

 

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Kim Dunning
20 days ago

Congratulations on the hire. Now if they can just find a permanent home pool for the club. Always a dream to convert Bryan Park Pool to an indoor/outdoor pool with a retractable roof. I think this might be where club originally practiced back with Doc. Maybe have the club take over helping to maintain the pool while having it open to public from noon-4pm. This would allow the club to run in am and pm hours and parks & rec to make money during the afternoon hours. The older swimmers could even work there as staff and lifeguards. Could even run a waterpolo club/diving club and synchronized swimming club.

Swimswamswum
20 days ago

Any word why he’s leaving Kentucky? Fired or leaving on his own?

Big Blue Fan
Reply to  Swimswamswum
20 days ago

Chip was no longer allowed to be on the pool deck at Kentucky since last November due to numerous complaints made against him.

Joe schroeder
Reply to  Big Blue Fan
20 days ago

That’s not true and you should probably ensure you are correct before posting libel.

Very True Sir
Reply to  Joe schroeder
20 days ago

Swam at UVA while Chip was associate head coach. He was very nice to me but constantly derogatory towards many swimmers behind their backs, especially the women’s team. In today’s world, there should be no tolerance for the things he said and the way he acted.

concerned
Reply to  Very True Sir
20 days ago

Why not? Coley gets away with it at Alabama. One of my kids goes there and tells me plenty.

Sanholo
Reply to  concerned
19 days ago

Kids always tell the truth and never distort or exaggerate.

Coachy
Reply to  concerned
16 days ago

So your argument is that because one coach is mean to women all coaches should be allowed to be mean to women? That’s the point you’re making here? Are u a coach? (Hope not)

Ghost
Reply to  Big Blue Fan
20 days ago

His history is not good especially the way he treats female coaches! I know this as fact!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ghost
20 days ago

But you’re dead.

Joe schroeder
Reply to  Swimswamswum
20 days ago

He left on his own accord and wanted to take over a swim club. ISC was a great opportunity to work with a club that contains age group kids up to pro swimmers.

Swimmerinlane4
Reply to  Joe schroeder
20 days ago

He was asked to leave Kentucky on his own accord due to multiple claims made against him by past and current swimmers

SWIMDAD
Reply to  Swimmerinlane4
20 days ago

what are the claims?

Country roads
20 days ago

Is a position open at Kentucky since Chip is leaving?

Swimmerinlane4
Reply to  Country roads
20 days ago

Chips Coaching spot has been filled by a new younger coach

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