Sergio Lopez is Focusing on the Long Term at Virginia Tech (Video)

by Robert Gibbs 8

January 14th, 2019 ACC, College, Video, Video Interview

The Virginia Tech Hokies may have been swept by the Virginia Cavaliers this past weekend, but new head coach Sergio Lopez was positive as he reflected on both the meet and his six months or so in the new role. Lopez was hired in April to replace longtime head coach Ned Skinner and arrived in Blacksburg in late summer. He’s had a long and storied career as both a swimmer and a coach, most recently as an assistant at Auburn.

Lopez said he was particularly pleased by the very last event of the meet, where the men’s 400 free relay squad pipped the Cavaliers by a mere 0.01s, even if the overall outcome of the meet was already a foregone conclusion.

He also revealed that he’s in a different situation than he’s ever been before as a coach in that he has a longterm contract, something that will allow to focus on the big picture for Virginia Tech. Especially for this season, he plans to keep the emphasis on just swimming fast, and not worrying about where the teams places at ACCs or NCAAs.

The Hokie men actually have a more recent ACC championship than do the Cavaliers, and the VT men beat UVA in their one dual meet last season, even though UVA ended up finishing higher at ACCs. Still, with both schools having brought in new coaches in the past two years, swims fans in the Old Dominion should be in store for plenty of great competition between the intrastate rivals in the years to come.

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anonymoose

such beautiful hair

Roque Santos

Always a huge fan!!!

2 Cents

That last paragraph sounds like a bunch of whining and doting on the VERY recent past…. shall we compare the last 5 years? 10 years? or 15 (how long they have been in the ACC)??

Putting all that aside, where is the excitement with this new hire? Where is the top level recruiting class? Where are the improvements in times as a result of the new coach(es)?? That is what they need if they want to improve, and I am not seeing it. If they are keeping it all in house, they might want to start letting others see it…

monsterbasher

Itś been less than one year since sergio got hired dude and they haven’t even had a fully tapered meet yet. You got wait at least couple years or even a full year to see some tangible improvements.

2 Cents

Compare this to where UVA was last year with their new hire. Just saying. Also, dont tell me anything about how UVA was in better shape than VT especially if you are going to tout winning an ACC title more recently.

2014Alum

Uva was in better shape when they made their hire

WahooWa83

As a UVA fan who was at the meet, I love Sergios attitude and rationale for the current speed of Tech swimmers and the future….

2014Alum

Agreed. With the hair and beard, Sergio looks a bit like Jesus. I expect some miracle work as well

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