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Chuck Knoles enters his 26th year at the University of Pittsburgh and 14th at the helm of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Knoles began his career at Pitt in 1990 as head coach of the men’s team before taking both teams under his wing at the beginning of the 2002-03 season.
The Arizona native made a name for himself in Pittsburgh as he led the men to 11 Big East Championships and the women to a second-place finish at the Women’s Big East Championship in 2003.
Knoles owns a 311-136 record (.700) at Pitt and is listed as the all-time winningest coach in men’s swimming and diving school history after surpassing legendary coach Ben Grady (125-88-4) in 2006. He has also guided eight swimmers to receive honorable mention All-America accolades.
Under Knoles, the Panthers have performed just as well in the classroom as they have in the water.
Knoles is committed to the total package his student-athletes receive at Pitt. Since its inception, the program has seen 35 individuals honored with Pitt’s Blue-Gold and Panther Awards and 23 honorees since he has taken over. The level of excellence that his athletes have reached as students illustrates Knoles’ philosophy that the Pitt experience is far more than just breaking pool records.
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
ACC Highlights (2013-Present)
- Sophomore diver Dominic Giordano became the programs first-ever individual ACC champion at the 2015 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Set the school record on platform with 413.85 points
- Junior distance swimmer Kaleigh Ritter became the second women’s swimmer in program history to be named All-America Honorable Mention after finishing 15th in the 1650-yd freestyle at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The first woman to do so was Carolyne Savini in 2003
- Kaleigh Ritter placed third in the 1650 freestyle at the 2015 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
- Eight swimmers were named to the 2015 All-ACC Academic Team
- At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, the men’s team finished 8-3 and the women’s team finished 11-3
- The Panther men finished their inaugural season 8-3 overall and the women finished 10-3
Big East Highlights (1990-2012)
- Numerous Panthers were All-Big East selections, including 35 who boast individual conference titles
- Pitt was ranked No. 25 by CollegeSwimming.com with the addition of newcomers Luke Nosbisch, Jonathan Lierley, Kourosh Ahani, Austin Caldwell, Joseph Notarianni and John Pidgeon for the 2011-12 season
- At the 2011 Big East Championships, Kristen McMullan recorded the fastest 50 free time. She then recorded a NCAA provisional finish of 22.86, which eclipsed the 2009 school record of 23.02. She also advanced to the finals as the No. 3 seed in the 100 free
- McMullan was a 2011 team MVP, ECAC Champion in the 50 and 100 free as a junior, and was also a Big East Academic All-Team and the team’s Academic Award recipient. In 2011, she brought in one more award as she was named the female Blue-Gold honoree at the Senior Awards Banquet
- Warren Barnes earned All-Big East honors in both the 100 and 200 breast stroke events and was also named Pitt’s Most Valuable Swimmer in 2008. He then went on to place fourth in the 200M breast at the Pan American Games in 2011 and was awarded the Bob Pirie Trophy that same year
- Jeremy Stultz was named Big East/Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year and also a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar in 2008
- Jeff Leath entered the Big East and Pitt record books with his third Big East crown in the 200 backstroke in 2007. Leath became the first swimmer in conference history to accomplish such a feat in that event
- Andrea Shoust became the first Panther to win conference titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke in 2007 for the first time since 1987. That same year, she garnered her second consecutive NCAA berth, which was the first back-to-back bid for a woman in nearly 20 years
- Led the women’s team during the 2006-07 season to several broken freestyle school records. The season was highlighted by Kristin Brown’s outright bid to the NCAA Championships where she posted a top-30 performance in the 200 and 500 free events
- In his second year at the helm of the women’s team, more records were broken and the women’s side received votes in the CSCAA national rankings for the first time in nearly a decade
- Guided the Panther women to 13 broken school records in his first season over both men’s and women’s teams in 2002-03
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA (1988-89)
- Both the men’s and women’s squads finished 15th at the NCAA Championships
- Coached 13 All-Americans, including the school’s first NCAA champion in any sport
- 2013 Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1996 CSCAA’s Master Coach Award
- 1990-1994 American Swimming Coaches Association Award of Excellence
- Big East Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002)
- 1989 College Swim Coaches Association Outstanding Achievement Award
- Named High School Skyline Conference Coach of the Year seven times while at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., after compiling a 132-23 combined record
- Knoles currently serves as the Treasurer of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and has been on the CSCAA Executive Board for the past 13 years.
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