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July 8, 2014

Peter Brown Retires as Brown's Swimming & Diving Coach

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After 13 seasons leading the Brown men's and women's swimming & diving programs, head coach Peter Brown announced his retirement from coaching on Tuesday. A national search will begin immediately.

"I have been extremely fortunate to have coached at a world-class university," said Brown.  "The collective and diverse passions of the faculty, staff, students and alums make Brown a very special place.  Under Jack Hayes' leadership, I am excited and optimistic about the future of our swimming and diving program."

Brown joined the Brown University staff in 2001 as Director of Swimming and Aquatics and has guided both programs through the transition from the former Smith Swim Center, into the current state-of-the-art Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.  In his first season, Brown led the Bears' women's team to a second-place finish at the Ivy Championships while guiding the men to a fourth-place result in 2002.

"Peter's commitment and dedication to our swimming and diving student-athletes these past 13 years have been instrumental to our goals as an athletic department," said Hayes.  "His vision and input paved the way for the construction of the renowned Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, a venue that has already hosted multiple championship events in its first two seasons.  We thank Peter for his service to Brown and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

During his tenure on College Hill, Brown has coached a combined 28 individual Ivy Championship event winners, including Tommy Glenn (100, 200-yard Fly) and Briana Borgolini (200-yard Breast) in 2013-14.

Prior to his arrival in Providence, Brown spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Penn State men's swimming team from 1984-01.  The Nittany Lions enjoyed one of their most successful campaigns in 1998-99 as the team won its first Big Ten title and boasted a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships, earning Brown Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

Brown also had coaching stints at Old Dominion (1983-84), Delaware (1981-83), and was a graduate assistant at UCLA (1976-78), where he earned his Master's degree in Kinesiology.