Statement From University of North Carolina Associate Head Swimming Coach Mike Litzinger:
“I was offered a great opportunity by Rich DeSelm and the University of North Carolina in 2007. While I was very satisfied with my situation at Utah, I thought the move to UNC was important for my career enhancement and my family had a desire to return to the East Coast. The offer gave me the opportunity to be an assistant coach in an ACC program that was headed in a positive direction.
“When I went to Utah in 2000, my responsibility was to the run the program in a first-class manner and help lead Utah to improved success in the pool and classroom. I am fully aware of the allegations that were brought against the coaching staff in 2001. The athletic department conducted a thorough review and took all the allegations seriously. The review resulted in a directive to my staff to continue building on the successes of our first two years. I remained there six more years, the program enjoyed sustained success and I left the University on great terms. In 2007, I received an opportunity from UNC I simply couldn’t pass up.”
Statement From UNC Department of Athletics:
“During Mike Litzinger’s hiring process in 2007, both the University and the athletic department conducted a background check in accordance with UNC human resources’ policies. The University was satisfied in the results of the background search. From the start, Coach Rich DeSelm was impressed with Mike’s coaching credentials and the record he had enjoyed rebuilding Utah’s program. Since his arrival at Carolina, Coach Litzinger has proven to be a valuable member of the staff and has made significant contributions to our success in both NCAA and ACC competitions.”