Brandon Drawz Out as Executive Director of SwimMAC Carolina Amid Restructuring

Brandon Drawz is no longer the Executive Director of SwimMAC Carolina, one of the United States’ most powerful and successful clubs at both the professional and youth levels.

A statement released by SwimMAC said that the move is part of an effort to “restructure SwimMAC Carolina’s administrative team to improve the efficiency of our program and our quality of service.”

Drawz came to SwimMAC in the fall of 2012 from Mt. Hood Aquatics in Oregon, where he was both the Executive Director and head coach. He also served as the assistant athletics director at Mr. Hood Community College from 2004-2011.

Besides his club-side duties, Drawz has also served on the USA Swimming BOard of Directors and was a manager of the 2012 Olympic Team during their pre-departure training camp in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 2012, he also was voted as the chair of the powerful Olympic International Operations Committee (OIOC) that endorses national/international team selection procedures, quad plans, and works with foreign federations both to find international competitions for Americans to train at, as well as finding foreigners to come to American meets.

Full press release is below.

Charlotte, NC – April 30, 2015 – CEO David Marsh, Chief Development Officer Norris Baker and the staff leadership team are working to restructure SwimMAC Carolina’s administrative team to improve the efficiency of our program and our quality of service. Most recently, Brandon Drawz was relieved of his duties as executive director. The ongoing One Lane at a Time capital campaign continues to be managed by Norris Baker. The projects funded by the campaign are being guided by experienced managers and long-time SwimMAC supporters Steve Brumm and Ben Wilhelm.

Steve is the team leader for the new aquatic center at LangTree in Mooresville. He has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and development of large mixed-use projects, and will be driving the process to ensure the design, permitting, and construction phases are completed on time and on budget. Steve has a long history with SwimMAC. His wife Mary Ann has been with the Masters program since 2006. His son Peter swam for MAC from age nine through high school graduation, and has gone on to compete for the University of Michigan where he is now a junior and an NCAA All-American.

Ben also has a strong personal connection to SwimMAC. His 13-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter are members of the competitive team based at our south Charlotte training center, and his wife Karen is a former Masters swimmer who plays an active role in putting on the Arena Pro Swim Series event.

Ben is partner and president of Shiel Sexton’s Carolinas regional operations. Shiel Sexton has constructed numerous athletic facilities including the temporary pools for the 2004 FINA World Championships held in the Midwest and is currently renovating the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

SwimMAC is fully committed to the completion of the projects funded by the One Lane at a Time campaign and improving the availability of water space for its members and the surrounding community. For more information on the campaign or the programs we offer, please visit

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5 years ago

This guy is bad news all around and still part of young athletes lives???. “Brandon Drawz’s August 2007 arrest in Indianapolis — when he and his live-in girlfriend at the time (and mother of their child) were drinking and arguing on a downtown street in the early morning hours when he was supposed to be supervising a traveling youth swim team at a junior nationals meet — isn’t the only time he got physical.

Numerous sources in Portland, home of the Mt. Hood Swim Club he chaperoned in Indianapolis, say that just two months earlier, in June 2007, Drawz had delivered a cowardly punch behind the back of the head coach there with whom he was in a disagreement.”

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