MOUNT VERNON — Local businessman and former Mount Vernon High School swimmer Josh Kline will put his degree in mechanical engineering to the task of building a better swim team. Kline, who has taken over as coach of the Mount Vernon High School varsity swimmers this year, will have a few returners and plenty of newcomers with which to work.
Kline, who has been a part of the local YMCA swim program for the past seven years as a volunteer, owns the Vac Shop in downtown Mount Vernon. He hopes that his coaching tenure will be longer than some recent Mount Vernon swim coaches.
“That’s one thing I am going to try to work on,” said Kline. “I have time to, maybe, get an employee for next year as well. Consistency does help quite a bit.”
Before going to the University of Cincinnati, Kline swam with the Yellow Jackets at Kenyon College until he graduated in 2000. Of course, that was before the modern Kenyon Athletic Center was built.
“We swam in the old pool,” said Kline. “It was a lot of fun. We still love the old pool, but this new one is definitely state of the art, no question.”
As he adjusts to his new position, Kline will have plenty of familiar faces to help him out.
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