Chip Aplin, a former standout swimmer at LaGrange High, has been handed the keys to the LaGrange College swim program.
For the past year, Aplin has overseen the Troup County Sharks swim program, and his new title at the college will be head men’s and women’s swimming coach and aquatics director.
Aplin said he said is “really excited to be given such a great opportunity.”
“I’m coming in behind a great coach in Susie Brown and hope to continue building on the foundation she has set,” Aplin added. “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.”
LaGrange College athletic director Jennifer Claybrook said it’s a great addition to the school.
Aplin has previous experience with the LaGrange College swim team as a graduate assistant.
“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 previously with LaGrange College during the 2012-2013 season, and the team set 11 school records that season, and he helped recruit the largest roster in the program’s history.
With the Sharks, he helped that program enjoy tremendous growth and success over the past year.
After a standout prep career at LaGrange High, Aplin swam for two seasons at Darton College in Albany, and he owns six school records.
Aplin has the fastest 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle times in school history, and was part of four relay teams that set school records.
Aplin was a 13-time All-American at Darton, and he was the team’s top scorer at the National Junior College Athletic Association championships in 2009.
Aplin then swam for two years at the University of Kentucky, and he was the team’s top scorer at the SEC swim championship in 2011.