USC has introduced the addition of former Auburn head coach Brett Hawke as this system’s new assistant coach.
Auburn, who was a two-time Australian Olympian and nine-time NCAA champion whereas swimming at Auburn, is called a dash specialist. He served as an assistant to David Marsh and Richard Fast through the staff’s dynasty within the 2000s earlier than being promoted to co-head coach alongside Fast for the 2008-2009 season.
He was named the NCAA Coach of the 12 months that season after the lads’s staff gained the NCAA title and was later named the SEC Coach of the 12 months in 2012.
The Auburn ladies completed 16th at Hawke’s last NCAA Championship meet there in 2018, whereas the lads’s staff completed 12th with 98.5 factors. After having completed within the prime 10 in every of Hawke’s earlier eight seasons, the Auburn males positioned 12th on the final two NCAA Championship meets. Their 98.5 factors in 2018 had been their fewest because the 1992 season, the place Auburn completed 15th and scored 85 factors.
Whereas at Auburn, largely throughout his time as an assistant, Hawke led arguably the most effective males’s dash group on the earth. That group included the present World File holder within the males’s 50 and 100 free Cesar Cielo, in addition to former World File holder Fred Bousquet and Matt Targett via to SEC Champions Gideon Louw, Adam Brown, Marcelo Chierighini, and Zach Apple throughout Hawke’s time as head coach.
On the ladies’s aspect, throughout his tenure as head coach, he additionally labored with Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who was as soon as the quickest ladies ever within the 100 yard free.
The 2020-2021 season is USC’s first under new head coach Jeremy Kipp who was employed after longtime head coach Dave Salo resigned following last season.
USC for this season will return head diving coach Hongping Li and assistant coach Dave Salo from the prior workers. Kipp introduced assistant coach Meghan Hawthorne with him from Northwestern, employed Kevin Rapier as a brand new member of the workers, and named Lea Maurer, the previous Stanford ladies’s head coach, as his affiliate head coach.
Between Maurer, Hawke, and Rapier (Cleveland State, briefly), the workers now has three former Division I head coaches on it.
“The expertise and data that Brett brings to the Trojans is a outstanding asset,” Kipp mentioned. “From his profession as an elite swimmer to one of many world’s greatest coaches, Brett has seen and finished all of it and we’re ecstatic that he’s on the West Coast and lending his experience to the Trojans.”
Hawke’s day job is because the Growth Director of Swim Camps at swimming clinic producer Fitter & Sooner, residing in Los Angeles. Hawke additionally spent final season as an assistant coach with the LA Present of the Worldwide Swimming League.