Auburn coach Brett Hawke has been named an assistant coach for the Brazilian Olympic team, the school announced on Twitter today.
Congrats to head coach @BrettHawke, who was named an assistant coach for the Brazil Olympic Team #WarEagle #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/DUfDB4Zgvf
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) July 14, 2016
Hawke has trained a number of Brazil’s Olympians during his time at Auburn, including Auburn alum Marcelo Chierighini, Bruno Fratus and Nicholas Santos.
In 2012, Hawke was a coach with the Bahamian Olympic team after training Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace during her college years. Prior to that, he was again with the Brazilian team in 2008. At the time, he was an assistant with Auburn, working mainly with the team’s sprinters. That group included Cesar Cielo, who won Olympic gold in the 50 free. Hawke was also an assistant with the Brazilian national team the next year, when Cielo broke the world records in the 50 and 100 freestyles and won World Championships golds in both races.
Hawke also has Olympic experience as a swimmer, competing for Australia at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
Brazil will be entering its largest Olympic swim team in history for the 2016 Olympic Games, which take place on home turf in front of a home audience. The team will include 20 men and 9 women.