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Head coach McGee Moody leaves Gamecock Swim and Dive team

<p>A member of the swim team finishes a lap during the 2020 season. Swim and dive head coach McGee Moody and South Carolina have mutually agreed to part ways.</p>

A member of the swim team finishes a lap during the 2020 season. Swim and dive head coach McGee Moody and South Carolina have mutually agreed to part ways.

South Carolina's swim and dive coach, McGee Moody, is leaving USC and a national search for the next head coach will begin "immediately," the South Carolina Athletics Department announced on Monday evening. 

Moody and the athletics department have "mutually agreed to part ways," according to a press release. 

"I have not been satisfied with our results at the SEC level," Moody said in a statement. "I believe that tempting to pour more of myself into this job will affect my family, my health and those are things I am not ready to sacrifice. Therefore, we believe now is the right time to step away and give someone else the honor to lead the program."

As he coached for 14 seasons, Moody was the longest tenured coach in the history of the swim and dive team at South Carolina. 

Moody coached the team to a 53.7 winning percentage, and the men's team finished seventh in the SEC four times while the women's team finished sixth once. He racked up a total of 143 career men's and women's wins — the most wins of any Gamecocks swim and dive coach. 

"I am appreciative of McGee's many contributions to our swimming and diving program," Athletics Director Ray Tanner said in a statement. "McGee's passion and commitment helped drive Gamecock swimming to some of our best NCAA finishes in school history." 

During his time as head coach the Gamecock Swim and Dive team had 74 All-Americans, 48 All-SEC and three Olympians in Akram Mahmoud and Julia Vincent in 2016 and Sharntelle McLean in 2008. He also helped lead the men's swimming team to Top 25 finished in the NCAA championships four times and twice for the women's team. 


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