In his ninth year as head coach of Auburn Swimming & Diving, Brett Hawke has continued to uphold the championship tradition of the Tigers. And he continues to move the program forward while competing against the nation's best in the Southeastern Conference.
Hawke led the Auburn men to a sixth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including guiding the Tigers' 400 freestyle relay to a NCAA title. He also coached the Auburn women to another top-15 finish at the NCAA Championships and 12 All-America honors.
At the 2014 SEC Championships, Hawke coached Marcelo Chierighini to his third straight SEC title in the 100 freestyle. The Tigers won three out of five relay titles at the conference meet and another individual championship in the 100 backstroke from Kyle Darmody.
During the 2013 season, Hawke led the Tigers to another top-five finish at the Southeastern Conference championships as the men pulled in a runner-up finish and the women came in fifth. He also coached up 10 All-Americans for the year including the NCAA champion in the 100 butterfly, Olivia Scott.
Associate Head Coach
Sergio Lopez Miro, who has coached current NCAA Champions Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling and has spent the past two years as the head high performance coach of the Singapore Swimming Association, was named the Associate Head Coach for Auburn Swimming and Diving in April 2016.
Murphy and Schooling were both 2016 Olympians in Rio. Murphy swept the backstroke events, setting an Olympic record in the 100, and won gold as part of the United States' 4x100 medley relay team. Schooling, from Singapore, also won gold, defeating Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly in an Olympic record time and swam in the semifinals of the 100 freestyle.
Before moving to Singapore, Lopez was the head coach at the Bolles School in Florida. Beginning in 2007, Lopez guided Bolles to some of the best high school times in history. Bolles high school team won 27 straight boys State Championships and 24 straight girls State Championships in Florida's Class 1A. At one point his teams held five out of the 11 independent school National High School Records in yards. In 2012 Bolles set all three of the high school relay records in a single meet. Along with Murphy and Schooling, Caeleb Dressel, a 2016 United States Olympian and the 2016 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and Bahamian and former Auburn star Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace were some of the standouts to train under him at Bolles.
Associate Women's Head Coach
Lauren Hancock is in her second year as the associate women's head coach at Auburn after being hired in the summer of 2015. Along with her duties with the women's team, she oversees Auburn's middle distance group.
In her first year on the Plains, Hancock had an immediate impact on the program. Eight current women's team members advanced to the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, with Annie Lazor swimming in the finals of the 200 breaststroke. She also coached Carlos Martinez to an Olympic spot, accompanying him to Rio as part of the Guatemalan coaching designation.
Hancock joined the Auburn staff after serving as the head coach at Conejo Simi Swim Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., since 2010. During her tenure, she trained three U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, seven U.S. National qualifiers and 13 U.S. Junior Nationals qualifiers.
2x Olympian and triple Gold Medal winner, former world record holder, 17x National Champion. Throughout the 1980s Rowdy Gaines was the fastest swimmer on the planet. His world records confirmed his place in swimming history. The Olympic Boycott of 1980 came during the peak of his career, when he set world records in the 100 and 200-meter freestyles and Swimming World Magazine voted him World Swimmer of the Year.
Former Tiger swimming great, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 15-time All-American Tyler McGill is currently in his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
A 2010 Auburn graduate, McGill joined the Auburn staff prior to the 2013-14 season. McGill was also a gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by swimming in the preliminaries for the winning U.S. team in the 4x100-meter medley relay. He also placed sixth in the 100-meter butterfly at the same Olympics after earning the second-fastest time (51.32) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. McGill is the Auburn record-holder in the 100 fly (long course and short course) with a time of 44.63 and he wrapped up his competition career last week at the U.S. Open with bronze medals in the 100 fly and 50 free.
Throughout his four years as a swimmer for Auburn, McGill not only racked up the All-America honors, but he also was a two-time NCAA champion (400 FR, 400 MR) and an SEC champion (800 FR). His senior season alone accounted for five All-America honors (200 FR, 200 IM, 400 MR, 200 MR, 100 Fly), and he had five top-10 individual times on the Auburn squad during that season.
Kirk Grand, who has been the volunteer assistant coach for Auburn Swimming & Diving since 2013, was elevated to a full-time assistant coach during the summer of 2016.
Grand, who specialized in psychophysiology while earning his PhD from Auburn, assisted with the day-to-day functions of the Auburn swimming and diving program over the past three seasons. He presented evidence-based research to the team and lead mindfulness, self-talk, physiology and performance anxiety information sessions.
Grand remains a research associate for the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University and has also previously worked with the Longhorn Swim Camp and has been a USA Swimming Head Coach in Bloomington, Ind., designing training plans for athletes ranging from national level to learn to swim. From 2011-13 he was a head men's high school swim coach and a swim technique instructor in Bloomington, Ind.