July 10, 2013
HOUSTON - Former Houston head swimming coach Augie Busch was named the head coach of the University of Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams Wednesday. The University of Houston's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has immediately begun a nationwide search for the next head coach of its swimming program.
Houston's next head coach, its fifth in program history, will partner with head diving coach Jane Figueiredo to lead a program that enters The American Athletic Conference coming off its most successful season in Conference USA history. The 2012-13 Houston swimming and diving team finished in a program-best second place at the Conference USA Championships as the Cougars recorded personal bests in 90 percent of their swims, breaking seven school records in the process, and achieved a program-best 3.42 team GPA.
"This is a very bittersweet time for me. Obviously a tremendous opportunity awaits at the University of Virginia, but this UH program and all those involved are very special to me. I can't begin to express my heartfelt admiration, appreciation, and respect for this wonderful group of women whom I've been so fortunate to coach," said Busch. "They will forever be the first group I worked with as a head coach and I'll never forget them and what they've meant to my career. It is because of them that the program is in such a positive place today and they're the reason UH Swimming and Diving will continue to prosper.
"Along the same lines, I will be forever grateful to the tremendous staff here at UH for giving me my first head coaching opportunity. They've given me endless support in helping this program reach a higher level. This university and athletic department provide a very attractive work environment, and I have no doubt that there will be strong candidates interested in taking this team even further. Again, I'm just so grateful for my experience here."
The new UH head coach and Figueiredo, who has been named the Conference USA Diving Coach of the Year for 12 straight years, will inherit a roster that features 2012-13 Team MVP Heather Winn, and Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year Danielle Shedd among 19 other returners who helped contribute to exponential growth of the program.