Brett Hawke


  • Birthday: June 2nd, 1975
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Now Resides: Auburn, Alabama
  • College: Auburn University


Former Head Coach of Auburn University’s Swimming and Diving Teams
Two-time Olympian
Coach of former Auburn swimmer and 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold-Medalist, Cesar Cielo
2009 World Championships Asst. Coach (Brazil)
2008 Olympic Coach (Brazil)
2009 SEC and NCAA Co-Head Coach of the Year
Five NCAA Team Championships (two as a swimmer, three as a coach)
Nine-time NCAA Champion
17-time NCAA All-American

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“You can talk it up but it is what you do on the day that counts.” –Brett Hawke

You may be awestruck by Brett Hawke’s successful swimming career, but I guarantee you’ll first be mesmerised by his Australian accent. Hailing from the coastal capital of Sydney, Australia, Hawke grew up surrounded by his first love–water. Joining a local swim team was a doctor’s prescription to strengthen Hawke’s asthma-ridden lungs, acting as a springboard for his successful career as one of Australia’s fastest sprinters in the world.

But Hawke rarely dwells on the past and humbly focuses on coaching his swimmers by improving in the here and now. His wisdom in life extends to every aspect of training and coaching, and his swimmers have no choice but to walk away from interaction with a renewed perspective: “I’ve been through highs and lows in my swimming career, so it has given me a deep understanding and appreciation for life in how to manage disappointment and success.”

Those attending Hawke’s clinics will learn from a master of technical skill and a man who has over 12 years of experience developing countless talented swimmers to accomplish their goals, whether at major international competitions or at a local pool. The secret to success lies in the little things: “Details are important. Small shifts can create big changes, both physically and mentally.”

Hawke had strong mentors during his developmental years and desires to provide the same encouraging presence for others. Swimming as a Tiger for the University of Auburn, Hawke gained an arsenal of swimming knowledge from legendary coach David Marsh. Marsh led the Tiger men to seven national championships and has coached over 49 Olympians in his career. Adding Hawke’s name to the coaching staff at Auburn University was one of the best moves for the renowned program.

Through coaching experiences and having four kids of his own, Hawke has sharpened his communication skills to suit all ages and maturity levels: “I understand how to relate and communicate with the swimmers, as I was one myself for many years. I break down complex ideas so they are simple and easy to understand.”

Brett Hawke knows what it takes to kick your swimming into gear, and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way! He encourages swimmers with this motto: “Stay positive, take each day as it comes and try not to forecast the future. Do the daily things necessary to get yourself to full health.”

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