Brett Hawke

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Brett Hawke
Personal information
Full name Brett Geoffrey Hawke
Nationality  Australia
Born (1975-06-02) 2 June 1975 (age 39)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team Auburn University (U.S.)

Brett Geoffrey Hawke (born 2 June 1975) is a retired sprint swimmer who competed for Australia at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. He is now the head coach of Auburn University's swimming and diving program.

Swimming career[edit]

Hawke competed for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team while attending Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama from 1996 to 1999. He was a 17-time All-American swimmer and a nine-time NCAA champion, and helped Auburn win two national titles in his three years as a student-athlete.

Hawke returned to Australia in 1999. For much of his career, Hawke was regarded as the top sprinter in Australia. He is a five-time Australian champion and former Australian Record holder in the 50 m freestyle (22.07), which he set in the semifinals of the 2004 Olympics. Hawke retired from competitive swimming after the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he won bronze in the 50 m freestyle and silver with the 4x100 m freestyle relay. Hawke finished his career with seven international medals.

Hawke trained at The Race Club, a swimming techniques training club founded by Olympic Swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and his father, Gary Hall, Sr. The Race Club, originally known as "The World Team," was designed to serve as a training group for elite swimmers across the world in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. To be able to train with the Race Club, one must either have been ranked in the top 20 in the world the past 3 calendar years or top 3 in their nation in the past year. The Race Club included such well known swimmers as Roland Mark Schoeman, Mark Foster, Ryk Neethling, and Therese Alshammar.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Hawke returned to Auburn in 2006 to serve as an assistant under his former coach David Marsh. In 2007, Marsh left Auburn and was replaced by Richard Quick. In 2009, Hawke was named head coach after Quick died from an inoperable brain tumor. Quick and Hawke were named 2009 NCAA Coaches of the Year after the men's swimming and diving program won the national title.

Hawke became a United States citizen in 2009, saying that one of his goals is to coach the US Olympic team in future Games.[2]

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