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Former Georgia Tech assistant coach Chico Rego will be George Washington’s next head coach
Former Georgia Tech assistant coach Chico Rego will be George Washington’s next head coach

George Washington University (GWU) has announced that former Georgia Tech assistant head coach Chico Rego will be the program’s next head coach. Former head coach of GWU Brian Thomas left the program in May and announced that he “plans to retire from coaching”

“First, I want to thank Tanya Vogel and Andrew Lundt for this opportunity. It has always been my goal to lead a college team and GW is one of the most attractive programs in the country!” said Rego. “The school’s international reputation for world-class academics in the heart of the nation’s capital makes it a no-brainer for student-athletes from around the world. Helping Buff & Blue reach new levels in and out of the water will be an honor and privilege. I am confident this program will build on its reputation for excellence in swimming and diving. Kat, Juliana and I are thrilled to be surrounded by and part of the amazing team at George Washington!”

Rego was most recently the associate head coach at ACC Georgia Tech. He joined Georgia Tech as an assistant coach in 2019 and was promoted to associate head coach last season. Both Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s programs finished 9th out of 11 teams in the ACC last February.

Before coming to Georgia Tech, Rego coached at the club level for the Greenville team in South Carolina. During his two years as coach, he led the team to numerous state championships.

Rego began his US coaching career in Auburn, where he worked for over two years in the college program and the pro team “Tiger Elite”. At Auburn, Rego helped coach Kevin Cordes, Marcelo ChierighiniAnd Felipe Lima.

Born in Brazil, he graduated from the Estácio de Sá University in Rio de Janeiro in 2009. He then came to the USA and earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Auburn in 2017. His wife, Kat McKinney, grew up in the Washington DC area.

Rego comes to a George Washington program that is coming off a successful season in which they captured the Atlantic-10 Conference title and sent three swimmers to the NCAA Championships: Ava DeAngelis and Ava Topolewski on the women’s side and Djurdje Matic on the men’s side. Matic just finished his redshirt senior season, while DeAngelis will not return, having since announced her transfer to Ohio State.

The program fought to keep the on-campus pool open for the coming year after the school announced in February that it would fill the on-campus pool where the team practiced to add a training facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. This would have resulted in the swimming and diving programs being moved off campus. A petition to save the pool began in March by Junior Julia Knox and received more than

At the end of April, the school announced that it would not implement the construction plans for the foreseeable future because it had determined that the renovation work had led to structural problems with the building.

By Everly