Division II Alderson Broaddus University has hired a new head coach, luring Payton Brooks away from the Bolles School, where he had served as an assistant coach for two seasons.
Alderson Broaddus, based in Philippi, West Virginia, competes in the Appalachian Swimming Conference and Division II of the NCAA.
Brooks is no stranger to the state of West Virginia, having spent five seasons as an athlete at West Virginia University. He swam four years for the Mountaineers, leading the team to its first-ever Big East title in 2007. Interestingly enough, after exhausting his swimming eligibility, Brooks spent a year as a wide receiver on West Virginia’s football team.
Brooks got the opportunity to coach alongside his college coach, Sergio Lopez, at the Bolles School for two years. The Bolles School of Jacksonville, Florida is one of the premier high school swimming programs in the nation, and Lopez a legendary high school coach. Brooks now leaves Bolles at about the same time as his mentor Lopez, who took a coaching position at a National Training Center in Singapore.
The Alderson Broaddus Battlers will compete in the Appalachian Conference meet in just a month – the meet begins on February 12th in Christiansburg, Virginia.
You can read more about the hire on the school’s website here.