March 19, 2013
LAURELDALE, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh head swimming and diving coach Chuck Knoles was officially inducted into the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame this past weekend at the PIAA-AAA High School Girls State Championship Meet.
Knoles was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches’ Association on November 6, 2012. Now in his 22nd year as head coach for the Panthers, Knoles has led Pitt to 11 of its 28 Big East Championship titles and has been named the Big East Coach of the Year six times.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Knoles said. “I have my fellow coaching staff and the athletes who have swum at Pitt to thank for this honor. This is truly a tribute to the ongoing success of the University of Pittsburgh swimming and diving program.”
Knoles guided the 2012-13 Panthers to one of its most successful seasons in recent memory. The men’s team finished with a dual record of 7-2 and crowned three individual Big East champions. The women swam to a record of 7-3. The two teams combined to break 16 school records at the Big East Championship Meet.
Knoles is with Kelsey Herbst this weekend at the NCAA Women’s National Championship Meet hosted by IUPUI at the Indiana University Natatorium. Herbst will swim the 500 and the 1650 yard freestyle. In two weeks, Knoles will return to the IU Natatorium with Kourosh Ahani for the NCAA Men’s National Championship Meet. Ahani qualified for the 100 yard butterfly.