Although it has not been officially released, sources close to the Busch family tell us that the University of Virginia will be hiring Sammy Busch as the new Assistant Coach. Sammy’s brother, Augie Busch, was hired as the head coach yesterday.
As reported yesterday by Braden Keith:
Wasting no time, and despite a call for a moratorium on hiring from alumni, the University of Virginia has hired Augie Busch as their new head coach they announced this morning. Busch comes to the program after just two years as the head coach at the University of Houston.
The 37-year old Busch stepped into a difficult situation with the Cougars, after their previous head coach and local legend Mark Taylor passed away tragically at the NCAA Championship meet the year before, and he steps into another difficult one as a fight apparently rages still to reinstate the former head coach at Virginia, Mark Bernadino.
Bernardino retired after 35 years with the program. This came as a surprise to many, and those close to the program are still fighting for his reinstatement.
Sammy Busch was an assistant coach at Auburn University last year. He was primarily in charge of the backstroke and freestyle groups as well as being the director of junior recruiting. The year prior he was a volunteer assistant at the university of West Virginia.
The Busch family has a lot of ties to the swimming community. Their father, Frank Busch, is the USA Swimming National Team Director.