UVA Selects Matt McLean As Volunteer Assistant

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created September 30th, 2012 08:59:21 AM

Modified September 30th, 2012 09:06:35 AM

University of Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino recently announced the selection of former UVA standout Matt McLean as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.

"There is no way in words to express what Matt means to me personally and to our program," said Bernardino on VIRGINIASPORTS.com. "He is one of the greatest athletes in any sport to compete for the University of Virginia. To have him on our pool deck interacting with our team, teaching the lessons of discipline and hard work and showing them how to sacrifice to be all you can possibly be, should only help to elevate our student-athletes now and into the future."

This summer McLean was a member of the United States’ 4x200-meter freestyle relay that won gold in London. He was one of three current and former Caveliers to win gold this summer. Joining him was current senior swimmer Lauren Perdue, who won with the U.S. women’s 4x200m freestyle relay and 2007 graduate Becky Sauerbrunn, who was on the U.S. women’s soccer squad.

"It's not only great to be back in the area, but it's great to back with such a positive group of athletes," McLean said. "They're a great group to work with and I'm hoping to take everything I've learned and relay it to them and help the team improve."

During his career at UVA, McLean was a 2011 NCAA Champion in the 500yd freestyle, a 15-time All-American, 17-time Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and was named the ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011.