Brett Hawke Resigns as Auburn Head Coach

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.

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Adios
3 years ago

Shame the tech suit era ended…

AU fan
3 years ago

Will Sergio be taking over?

Bub
3 years ago

anyone know why?

Noob
Reply to  Bub
3 years ago

Sergio Lopez . That’swhy

Observer
Reply to  Noob
3 years ago

Wrong!

I_Said_It
Reply to  Bub
3 years ago

“Their 98.5 points in 2018 were their fewest since the 1992 season, where Auburn finished 15th and scored 85 points.”

Just a hunch, but I this might be the reason.

hangry
Reply to  I_Said_It
3 years ago

i totally agree with you! Sergio has been coaching there a couple years and the results speak for themselves.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  hangry
3 years ago

Why does everyone think that Sergio is God’s greatest gift to coaching?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

I dunno if I would say a gift from god or anything that intense, but as someone who has been coached by him, I think he’s awesome.

NM Coach
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
3 years ago

I don’t get the down votes here? She said “I think he’s awesome” which is her opinion since she actually swam for him!

Swimmingabbeys
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

I don’t think he’s god gift to coaching I think he’s gods gift to head coaching. He’s an in refiner team manager, who gets the best out of his assistants and team with incredible motivation. He’s also an incredible networker and personality. He has what you need to lead a successful program. It’s not all about coaching when your the head coach.

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Agreed. Shameless self promoter.

Koolaid
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

This. He is a proven solid recruiter and manager of talent. Unproven at best as a head coach.

Dlswim
Reply to  Koolaid
3 years ago

He did wonders as head coach at wvu. In any case, isn’t recruiting and managing talent like 85% of the job?

Swammer5
Reply to  Dlswim
3 years ago

Sergio did great things at WVU for the MEN. He did great great things at Bolles for the men. No where has he had results with women that I’m aware of?!? Unless I’m wrong, which I very well could be. Maybe Auburn only cares about men’s program.

SEC
Reply to  Swammer5
3 years ago

The Auburn womens team moved from 33rd to 16th in 2 years with Sergio

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Maybe a better question than why everyone thinks Sergio is God’s gift to coaching is why there are so many haters in here.

NM Coach
Reply to  SuperSwimmer 2000
3 years ago

100% agree with you!

SwimMom
Reply to  SuperSwimmer 2000
3 years ago

Thank you Superswimmer 2000

NormG
Reply to  hangry
3 years ago

What results are those? Sergio likely hurt the program more than he helped it.

WVSwimKid
Reply to  NormG
3 years ago
CoachEd
Reply to  WVSwimKid
3 years ago

As an alumnus of the WVU Men’s Swimming Team, I wouldn’t exactly say Sergio built the program from nothing. Check your history, Coach Gilson had some spectacular teams before he retired. Also, I happen to like Sergio and think he’s a great coach.

Champ
Reply to  WVSwimKid
3 years ago

It’s a shame they couldn’t give him what he needed. They were paying him 32k a year with no full time assistants??? Absurd. He would have moved on eventually regardless but the program would be in a much better place today

CoachBaba
Reply to  Champ
3 years ago

32k a year? That’s all? Jeeez.

OldWahooVA
Reply to  Champ
3 years ago

You cannot really judge coaches compensation by the publicly reported figures made available under FOI by public universities – much of the comp for coaches comes from private athletic support foundations, media/brand sponsor contracts, and the opportunity to run camp programs/USS programs using the school name and facility.

Pvdh
3 years ago

SERGIOOO

Coach
3 years ago

All the best in the next chapter of your life.

Competitive swimmer
3 years ago

Maybe he will go to Wisconsin after their head coach resigned/got fired?

SwimFan 192
Reply to  Competitive swimmer
3 years ago

Wisconsin needs better.

RegionRat
3 years ago

I swam for coach hawke a few years back. This is something that should have happened a while ago. Richard Quick’s mantra was “believe in belief”, but somehow this never translated into Brett’s coaching style. I never got the sense that he knew or cared about 80% of the team. It was incredibly discouraging knowing your worth came down to fractions of a second, not by your quality as a teammate or as a human being.
Having said that, I truly wish him the best, particularly Trudi and his family. I’m sure he’ll have plenty of success and be much happier coaching a smaller pro team. wde

Swammer
Reply to  RegionRat
3 years ago

Is it an Auburn swimmer to coach thing? Because I could not describe my experience swimming for John Hargis any better than how you did^

Observer
Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

Whiners

RegionRat
Reply to  Observer
3 years ago

@Observer No, not really. Brett’s a talented coach, and I learned a lot from him. Just giving my thoughts on why his tenure at AU was largely unsuccessful

Nah
Reply to  RegionRat
3 years ago

Toward the end of Richard Quicks career he was giving his swimmers at Stanford those transdermal testosterone patches, both these coaches are not the greatest

transdermal testosterones?
Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

Source? Hearsay or link?

Swimmer A
Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

This is why I love the comment section of articles like this, you get the best talk and rumors. No way of knowing if this is true, but I love it.

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  Swimmer A
3 years ago

Here is a source for the “energy patches”. I remember seeing them on video of 2004 trials: https://www.mercurynews.com/2009/06/12/swim-community-remembers-iconic-coach-richard-quick-2/

fatsmcgee
Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

This article makes it sound much more benign. Richard Quick was very open about the patches, the patch manufacturer said the testosterone claims were bogus, and nothing came of this:

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/kroichick/article/Inquiry-over-Stanford-swimmers-patches-Energy-2737863.php

Given the available evidence its unfair to throw shade at Richard Quick for this.

Coach John
Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

“… Some questioned whether they were testosterone patches, although none of the swimmers tested positive.”

a little baseless, someone just pulled the word “testosterone” out of thin air I think

derp
Reply to  RegionRat
3 years ago

Definitely a trend in high level DI coaching. At no point did I feel like my coach ever had my back or trusted me. Many of them treat coaching like a business rather than a relationship. Just the way it is.

Koolaid
Reply to  derp
3 years ago

Lol…your personal experience + anecdotal evidence of 1 other coach = trend for many.

Irrefutable evidence.

Guy
Reply to  derp
3 years ago

That’s because this is their livelihood. They win or they get fired and have to move their families. Conversation I had with my AD “if we win conference and everyone has a 2.0 GPA I get a raise, if we get 6th and everyone has a 4.0 I get fired” …………..the response, “Yes”.

Stephen gomez
Reply to  RegionRat
3 years ago

I’m no informed source but rumors and comments on other swim sites over the years have basically always described coach hawke the same way. I will say that even in his interviews he has a demeanor that matches this. You watch interviews with him versus other coaches, and hawke is so much more neagative. I know times have changed but he is so very different from coach quick. Hopefully Lopez will find a great staff to take advantage of this awesome athletic powerhouse of a university

WetAubie
3 years ago

Time to bring back the man who lead both men’s and women’s teams to a combined 12 NCAA championships….David Marsh

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