Chip Aplin has been named the new Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach and Aquatics Director at LaGrange College, according to Athletic Director Jennifer Claybrook.
"We are gaining a coach with a proven track record of success with our swim teams," Claybrook said. "Chip was a key part of our success while serving as our graduate assistant. He is eager to bring his passion, expertise and knowledge to our student-athletes.
"Chip's connections with the LaGrange community also will help enhance our aquatics program. I look forward to the future for Panther swimming and aquatics."
Aplin was most recently the head coach for the Troup County Sharks swim team. With the Sharks, he was able to double the team's roster size in three months. He coached all of the athletes to lifetime best times in each of their events within four months of taking over the team.
"I am really excited to be given such a great opportunity," Aplin said. "I'm coming in behind a great coach in Susie Brown and hope to continue building on the foundation she has set. I feel confident that LaGrange College swimming will reach new heights with a great group of kids who are here to be better students and better athletes."
Aplin was a graduate assistant for the Panthers during the 2012-13 season. The team set 11 new school records, while setting 39 of 41 personal bests over the course of the season. He helped recruit the largest team roster in the program's history, while developing workout regimens for both in and out of the pool.
Aplin is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in psychology. At Kentucky, he was a two-year member of the swim team and was the top men's scorer at the 2011 Southeastern Conference swim championships. He finished his career at Kentucky with the school's fourth fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke and 10th fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle.
"We look forward to what Chip will bring to our swimming teams and our aquatics programs," said college President Dan McAlexander. "His passion for his sport and for preparing young men and women to become successful, responsible citizens will be invaluable as we strive to fulfill our vision of transforming the lives of our students and our community."
He also holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from LaGrange College.