Swimming New South Wales has announced that Matt Brown will be taking over as head coach of the SOPAC team based at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Brown will assume this new position on January 6th, 2020, succeeding Job van Duijnhoven. Previously a Dutch age group coach, van Duijnhoven lead SOPAC swimming for two years. At 2019 Australians Swimming Championships, SOPAC did not crack the top 10 as a team, but team member Matt Wilson took home gold in both the 100 and 200 breast.
Brown will join the SOPAC coaching staff after 17 years at Grammar School – serving as Director of Swimming from 2002 until 2016 when he was promoted to High Performance Swimming Coach.
Trinity Grammar School is an independent all-boys boarding school with various locations across Australia. During his 17 years with Trinity Grammar School, Brown led the team to a record 13th straight victories at the Combined Associated Schools (CAS) Championships between 2003 and 2016. To add to his legacy at Trinity Grammar School, Brown also coached his swimmers dozens of podium finishes at Australian Age Swimming Championships, including 55 gold medals.
Commenting on Brown’s coaching success at the school, a representative from Swimming NSW said: “Many clubs go through ups and downs over time as athletes enter and leave the program and it is has been a testament to Matthew’s coaching ability and his strong focus on the pathway that the Trinity Grammar School Swimming program has been resistant to this and has performed consistently year after year.”
Brown also previously coached Kenneth To, who moved to Australia from Hong Kong when he was 2. To was on several Australian junior and national teams between 2010 and 2014 and swam under Brown for several years before deciding to switch his international representation to Hong Kong. In 2017, he moved back to his home country and in 2019, moved to Gainesville, Florida to train with the Gators Swim Club. Earlier this year, To died during a practice while attending at training camp in the Florida Keys.
SOPAC has also stated that they are still is the process of searching for three more coaches to work with Brown.