|Full name||Brett Geoffrey Hawke|
2 June 1975 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|College team||Auburn University (US)|
Brett Geoffrey Hawke (born 2 June 1975) is a former competitive swimmer who represented Australia at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. He is now the head coach of the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team of Auburn University in the United States.
Hawke received an athletic scholarship to attend Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and swam for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 1996 to 1999. He received seventeen All-American honors and was a nine-time NCAA individual champion, and helped Auburn win two national team championships 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 national champion and former Australian record-holder in the 50-metre freestyle (22.07), which he set in the semifinals of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Hawke retired from competitive swimming after the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he won the bronze in the 50-metre freestyle and a silver medal as a member of the second-paklce Australian team in the 4x100-metre 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 Summer Olympics in Sydney. To be eligible to train with the Race Club, a swimmer 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.
Hawke returned to Auburn in 2006 to serve as an assistant under his former head 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.
He became a United States citizen in 2009, saying that one of his goals is to coach the U.S. Olympic team in future games.
- "Auburn Head Coach Brett Hawke Now a U.S. Citizen". Swimming World Magazine. 11 September 2009.