Auburn head coach Brett Hawke has resigned from his position, he informed the team of in a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Hawke has served as the head coach at his alma mater Auburn for 10 seasons, including 1 overlapped as co-head coach with Richard Quick in the 2009-2010 season.
“I have enjoyed my time leading and giving back to a team and university that has given so much to me,” Hawke said. “After 10 years as the head coach, I feel it is time for me to find a new challenge and for the swimming and diving program to have a new leader. My wife Trudi and I have loved being a part of the Auburn community both as students and as parents. War Eagle forever.”
Hawke’s wife Trudi was paid by the university as a yoga instructor.
“I would like to thank Coach Hawke for all of his outstanding contributions to Auburn Swimming and Diving and for his 10 years of service to our student-athletes,” Auburn Athletics Director Allen Greene said. “We will begin the search for our next head coach immediately. Our goal is to find the best fit for Auburn, win conference and national championships and develop our student-athletes to be successful in life.”
During his tenure, Auburn’s men’s and women’s teams finished in the top 10 a combined 10 times. They produced 11 NCAA individual champions, over 68 SEC event titles, and over 450 CSCAA All-America honors. 14 Olympians representing countries around the world have also trained under him at Auburn.
Hawke himself is a two-time Olympian that represented Australia internationally as an athlete. Now a U.S. Citizen, Hawke has served on 3 different Olympic coaching staffs, serving as an assistant for Brazil in 2008 and 2016 and the head coach for the Bahamas in 2012. He’s also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 2011 World University Games and for the Brazilian delegation at the 2009 World University Games.
Prior to being elevated to co-head coach, and eventually solo head coach, Hawke was an assistant at Auburn from 2006-2009.
The Tigers won 3 SEC titles during his run, and he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 2009 after the men’s team won the NCAA title and SEC Coach of the year in 2012.
The Auburn women finished 16th at the most recent NCAA Championships while the men’s team finished 12th with 98.5 points. After having finished in the top 10 in each of Hawke’s previous 8 seasons, the Auburn men have placed 12th at the last two NCAA Championship meets. Their 98.5 points in 2018 were their fewest since the 1992 season, where Auburn finished 15th and scored 85 points.