Cory Chitwood joined LSU Swimming and Diving as an assistant coach on Nov. 1, 2012 and enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Tigers.
Chitwood provides LSU swimmers with an insight into what it takes to find success on the highest levels of competition. He works predominately with the mid-distance and specialty stroke swimmers.
During the 2012-13 season, LSU sent seven men’s swimmers and four women’s swimmers to the NCAA Championships. In addition, seven men’s records and one women’s record was broken during the postseason.
All three of the men’s individual NCAA qualifiers scored points at the event, including senior Craig Hamilton in the mile, senior Andrei Tuomola in the 50 free and the 100 breast and sophomore Frank Greeff in the 200 butterfly.
Chitwood arrived at LSU with a spectacular track record as a collegiate swimmer at the University of Arizona, and came highly recommended by USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch.
LSU is Chitwood’s first collegiate coaching experience. He served as the Northern Kentucky Clippers club team’s Head Assistant Coach, specializing with the elite 11-12 and 13-14 year old age groups, after he completed his collegiate career.
On the international stage, Chitwood was a member of the United Sates Swimming National team and finished 10th in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:00.03 in the semifinals at the Olympic Trials. He posted his career low in the 200m back (1:57.41) at the 2012 US Open Swimming Championships.
At the University of Arizona, Chitwood won three-consecutive NCAA Championships in the 200-yard back. He posted his 200 back career low mark of 1:38.84 en route to his second individual championship.
In addition, Chitwood was a 14-time collegiate All-American and was named to the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team on four occasions. He also served as men’s team captain during his junior and senior campaigns. He holds the second fastest 100 back, 200 back and 200 individual medley times in Arizona school history.
Chitwood, a native of Union, Ky., earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology in May of 2012 from Arizona.