USC Rounds Out Swimming Coaching Staff With 11x All-American Brooks Fail

With the 2022-2023 season about to get underway, USC has announced Brooks Fail as an assistant coach–the final addition to their coaching staff

Fail wrapped up his college career at the University of Arizona in the spring of 2022. He’s an 11x time All-American and at the 2022 NCAA championships, he finished fifth in the 500 yard free, sixth in the 400 yard IM, and seventh in the 1650 free. He also won the 1650 free at the 2022 PAC-12 Championships.

His career high finish came at the 2021 NCAA championships, when he placed third in the 500 freestyle in 4:11.28. In prelims of that meet, he set his lifetime best of 4:09.41. He holds the Arizona school record in the 1650 (14:31:38) and the 400 IM (3:38.55).

Also a CSCAA Scholar All-American, Fail earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in recreation and sports.

“Brooks is one of the toughest athletes around and a tremendous team leader,” said head coach Lea Maurer. “What impresses me most about Brooks is the great person that he is. I believe he will prove to be a great coach and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him joining our staff.”

He’ll be alongside a familiar face on pool deck, as USC’s new associate head coach Peter Richardson previously held that same role at Arizona. Along with Maurer, the coaching staff also includes assistant coaches Kevin Rapien and Meghan Hawthorne, who are holdovers from last year’s staff.

USC is a combined swimming program, so it seems safe to assume that Fail will be working with both the men’s and women’s distance swimmers.

At NCAAs, the men’s team had no one score in Fail’s primary events. Daniel Matheson came closest, finishing 27th in the 500 free (4:16.34) and 26th in the 1650 (15:04.43). With 2022 PAC-12 1650 champion Caroline Pennington transferring to Florida, the women also have no returning NCAA scorers in his main events.

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1 year ago

Good for Brooks. Disappointing for swimming. Feel for a lot of coaches out there. Just question how wide of a net was cast on a hire like this.

1 year ago

Seems like a great kid, but getting a power 5 role as an actual assistant (versus VA for example) with zero coaching experience is disrespectful to those hustling to climb into this space of an industry. However, good luck man! And good luck to the Trojans this season.

1 year ago

This feels like a play to land Rex

1 year ago

Yet again, no coaching or work experience (for that matter) warrants a full time asst job of this caliber? Sorry but swimming in colllege at a high level dosent cut it for a position like this with absolutely no experience (of any kind).

Reply to  Jjsh
1 year ago

Agree 100%. College coaches fail to see the divide between club and college coaches growing more expansive every year due in large part to hires such as this. College coaches always say you need to have college coaching experience, then continually make moves such as this. By all accounts Brooks is a highly respected young man, and a heck of a swimmer, but this is another example of college hiring hypocrisy.

Reply to  Jjsh
1 year ago

he has education degree so he is not just jumping to unknown, but i get your sentiment, seems that swimming is more and more about connections, not about previous results.

maximum mchuge
1 year ago

Does this mean he is retired?

1 year ago

Brooks Fail is about to find a way to get top 8 in Coach of the Year voting as an assistant

Reply to  Shaddy419
1 year ago

Sounds like an excellent hire and would give Trojans a “marquee ” name in distance swimming coaching. Now we need to recruit the distance swimmers that match the caliber of the coaching. Logical starting place would be a short distance away in Las Vegas where distance elite distance swimmers blossom every year at the Sandpipers club.
USC also raided Arizona for grad transfer Aria Bernal from the portal. Was a D1 point winner in the backstroke. Fills in the gap from Jade Hannah leaving.

My only complaint about Jeff is that “Fail” is not a good name in the coaching profession! USC swimmers need positive-impression swimming names like Jeff FLOAT and not so much for Joe and Mike BOTTOM. 😉

cynthia curran
1 year ago

Probably offered more money but there is a big difference in cost of living. In LA a house that cost 350,000 in Tucson is around 800,000 to 900,000 in LA. Probably because he is young he doesn’t really care yet to own property. The problem in Arizona is Maricopa County where Bob Bowerman is, is the main area with population in Arizona. Tucson is al little over 1 million but not as big as Phoenix around 4.5 million and La near 10 million. In fact Pinal is Arizona next major metro areas after Phoenix or Tucson but doesn’t have a college like Flagstaff which is Northern Arizona university.

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

Is this an answer to a phantom question?

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

I also come here for housing reports every time someone gets hired

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

Thank you cynthia.

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 year ago

Do you have a break down on average age of the homes and cost per sq foot?

Oh and when county did updates on the utilities, if fiber has been layed, age of sewer system?

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