Lars Jorgensen Makes First Public Statement Since Departure From Kentucky

Former University of Kentucky head coach Lars Jorgensen has offered his first public statement since officially resigning from the program on Wednesday.

Jorgensen’s legal representation issued a release referring to the coach’s departure from the school as the two “reaching an agreement resolving amicably the issues” between Jorgensen and the University of Kentucky.

“I have enjoyed my tenure at University of Kentucky,” Jorgensen said. “I’ll miss the athletes and the success we have had together.”

His counsel also noted that Jorgensen will “pursue other offers” now that he is no longer employed with the Wildcats.

The official press release provided by Kentucky announcing Jorgensen’s resignation neglected to mention any of his accolades, such as SEC Coach of the Year in 2021 for leading the Wildcat women to their first conference title ever.

The week prior to his resignation, SwimSwam reported that Jorgensen had been under suspension since early May pending an NCAA investigation into compliance rules violations.

He was also suspended for the Wildcats’ SEC opener at Texas A&M in November 2022, according to a source close to the program.

Kentucky’s entire swimming coaching staff was suspended for one week at the start of May, the source added, and associate head coach Michael Camper has resigned, though an official announcement has not been made.

The University has said it has started a national search for a new head coach.

Jorgensen spent 10 seasons leading Kentucky’s combined swimming and diving program. This past season, the Kentucky women placed third at the 2023 SEC Championships while the men finished eighth as freshman distance specialist Levi Sandidge became the Wildcats’ first-ever conference champion in the men’s 1650-yard freestyle.

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Speculate
8 months ago

Maybe headed to Indiana with Ray?

I_Said_It
8 months ago

I’m sure the comment section will be delightful.

Slippin Jimmy
8 months ago
Red Dawg
8 months ago

Sounds like Lars trying to set himself up for a new HC gig with the Wildcats in the Big 10?

MCavic
Reply to  Red Dawg
8 months ago

That would be pretty cool! NU has had swimmers on the big stage since at least 2002! The right voice could make that team good, again!

curious
8 months ago

Realistically, what are his chances of getting another coaching position somewhere?

Observing
Reply to  curious
8 months ago

Pretty high, AD’s don’t care

PV Swim Mom
Reply to  Observing
8 months ago

I’m not sure whether to like or dislike this unfortunately accurate statement…

Guy
8 months ago

It’s kind of crazy how many SEC head coaching changes there’s been these past 3 years with Bama, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, and now kentucky

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

Auburn too

Non Swim Mom
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
8 months ago

Mizzou in 2019

Non Swim Mom
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

Mizzouri also in 2019

Dawg Talk
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

In all fairness to Jack’s retirement after 43 years, I don’t necessarily think Georgia fits in with the rest of your list here.

Red Dawg
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

Florida Women

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