Brendan Hansen Resigns as Head Coach at Austin Swim Club

In an email sent to the membership on Wednesday evening, Brendan Hansen has announced his resignation as head coach of the Austin Swim Club. He has served in that capacity since 2014.

As an athlete, the 36-year old Hansen was a 6-time Olympic medalist including golds in the 400 medley relay at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games. He also won 10 World Championships (6 in long course, 4 in short course) and held World Records in both the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes in long course from 2004 through 2008.

As a coach with the Austin Swim Club, counted among Hansen’s athletes was Dakota Luther, who at just 17-years old qualified for the U.S. World Championship team last year in the 200 fly. He was also the coach of Matthew Willenbring, who was a member of the U.S. World Junior Championship team and won 3 medals before having them stripped after a positive doping test. Luther will swim at Georgia next season and Willenbring at Texas.

Texas rising junior Josh Artmann and Texas commit Kendall Shields also count among the 26 Austin Swim Club alums who are listed on the club’s alumni-swimming-in-college list.

Hansen’s full email:

Families of Austin Swim Club…

I am saddened to be writing this email, but I want the news to come from me versus you hearing through the grapevine. Unfortunately, this is the fastest way to reach you all–I would much rather tell each of you in person.

It is true, I am parting ways with Austin Swim Club. Owners Patti and Kevin Thompson and I have differing opinions as to the direction and operation of our team. I am leaving based on my own personal personal decision and my own free will.

I will deeply miss all of you and am forever grateful for the family we have created. Know I am not a stranger and will always care about each and every one of you and your families.

Thank you for our time together. If you have questions, I am always here.

Brendan Hansen

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Poacher Not Coacher
4 years ago

Every one of those top swimmers came to the team with Juniors or Nationals cuts. I have not seen him develop any serious talent from zero. A couple good years because you are the shiney penny and your the next Eddie, please! Other teams built those kids, not Hansen, he was an unpaid Lost Creek coach before he was plucked from nothingness by ASC. He will be fine but he will learn a hard lesson from this terrible misstep. Ego Kills

Swim meet mama
4 years ago

If he is such an amazing coach, why would he “resign” right before nationals and leave his swimmers behind???? Something doesn’t add up!

Swim Lad
Reply to  Swim meet mama
4 years ago

Agreed, I’d like to see an explanation on his abandonment of his swimmers

redsky_bluesky
Reply to  Swim Lad
4 years ago

Something tells me he’s in Irvine right now doing what he does best for those “abandoned” swimmers.

Swim Lad
Reply to  redsky_bluesky
4 years ago

Ah yes, Redsky, he actually is in Irvine right now supporting the only two or three swimmers he actually cares about (Nationals qualifiers) while the ones who actually depended on him are left behind. Those are the abandoned ones.

redsky_bluesky
Reply to  Swim Lad
4 years ago

I still don’t think he abandoned them although, I do see why they would feel abandoned. In fact, I imagine that the feeling of abandonment extends to at least a few of the Masters swimmers whom he also coached. It’s never easy losing a good coach you’ve looked up to for inspiration and guidance. But Brendan spent nearly four years building a very qualified and well-respected coaching staff and he left his swimmers in good hands.

swimmerTX
4 years ago

Brendan also coached other top swimmers such as another World Junior Team member in Diana Dunn (Louisville commit 2018), Ella Collins (Texas HS state champ to UVA), and 2020 top recruit Quinn Schaedler.

Best of luck to both the athletes and BH as they continue moving forward.

Ron Zolno
4 years ago

I remember Brendan as a swimmer, and I have had the opportunity to work with him for years as an official. He has always been a top-notch person to work with. I hope he finds a new position as a coach somewhere nearby. If not, it would be a real lose to the swim community.

Flying Back
4 years ago

Just noticed a little error in the article, Josh Artmann is a rising Junior, not a Sophomore. Cheers.

Flying Back
4 years ago

As I’ve said above, it is obvious to anybody that has seen both sides that Brendan left of his own volition and his desire for an elite team. Hold Brendan accountable for his own actions, as they are the ones that are “counter-productive.”

SkeletonsOut
4 years ago

Great athlete. Great coach. Even better person. USA Swimming has benefitted from BH for many years through his many roles. Best of luck.

Wish
4 years ago

Wish both BH and ASC the best!!

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