NC State’s Braden Holloway Talks Sprint Training, Taper Strategies

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North Carolina State Head Coach Braden Holloway joined the SwimSwam podcast a few days out from his 10th ACC championship meet at the helm of the Wolfpack:
We dove into sprint specific topics including taper strategies, which are tricky to balance for his team heading into conference. We talked training groups and coaching collaborations. We also talked specifics as far as how he writes workouts, how he’s stayed fun as he’s become a seasoned head coach, and how a particular passion is the common link between all the good coaches Braden has worked with.
You don’t want to miss this one with one of the best in the business.


Music: Otis McDonald


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11 months ago

Such an interesting conversation. Love the details and thought processes. It’s wild how much training has evolved.

11 months ago

Wonderful conversation. I know Garrett is busy, but he’s really good at these.

11 months ago

Are there any good websites to get ideas for swim workouts? I swim by myself as a master swimmer so looking for some inspiration for workouts and all of the ones on the USMS website are terrible.

Joseph Schultz
Reply to  Joe
11 months ago

I’m interested too

Reply to  Joe
11 months ago

Full disclaimer: I’m the founder of the platform, so I might be partial – suggest you take a look at … lots of workouts available and more added “daily”. Of course, I should also mention that SwimSwam runs a daily workout post on their site that might also provide you with ideas. Best of luck with your swimming!

11 months ago

Best in the game. NCS was horrible before he took over. Now both teams are top 3.

Reply to  Swimfan
11 months ago

Not entirely sure NC State > Florida on the mens side yet, hold your horses

11 months ago

miss flo swimming with Garrett

Joel Lin
11 months ago

Whatever it is he does that is worth imitating because it certainly gets great results.

11 months ago

I have so much respect for Holloway, the way he builds a strong mens team, a strong woman’s team, a strong pro team and even builds up coaches like Desorbo is pretty impressive.

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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