Braden Holloway (Head Coach)

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ACC Men’s Coach of the Year (2013, 15, 16, 17)
ACC Women’s Coach of the Year (2017)
Career Record at NCSU: 75-32-1 (Men: 35-14-1) (Women: 40-18)
2 NCAA Relay Champions
193 All-America Selections
194 All-ACC Selections
30 ACC Individual Champions
28 ACC Relay Champions

Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his seventh season as head coach of the Wolfpack swimming and diving program. He was named to the position on June 29, 2011, by Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow.

In six seasons at NC State, Holloway’s tenure has been full of success. Overall, Holloway has captured the 2013, 15, 16 and 17 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Coach of the Year honors as well as the 2017 ACC Women’s Coach of the Year honor, coached 194 All-ACC performances, 193 All-America performances, 30 ACC Individual Champions and 28 ACC Relay Champions. Holloway’s program has also thrived in the classroom during his time in Raleigh, as he has seen 122 ACC Honor Roll selections, 64 student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team, two members to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, one National Academic Momentum Award recipient and two ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

The 2016-17 season for the men’s and women’s programs was one that could be considered one of the most successful combined seasons in program history, as Holloway and his staff guided the Wolfpack men to its third-straight conference championship title, a national title in the 800 freestyle relay and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship while the women claimed its first ACC title since 1980 and its highest finish in program history at NCAAs at seventh. The men’s team had a blistering opening race at NCAAs, handily winning the 800 freestyle relay to break the U.S. Open, NCAA, pool, meet, conference and school records. In total, 11 different men collected 35 All-America honors. At the conference level, the Wolfpack men claimed seven individual event titles and four relay titles, which led the team to sweep the conference awards for the third-straight year as Holloway tabbed ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, Ryan Held earned ACC Male Swimmer of the Year and Coleman Stewart claimed Male Freshman of the Year. Held was also named Most Valuable Swimmer after winning seven gold medals at ACCs. On the national stage, the nine Wolfpack Women tallied 25 All-America honors, including a runner-up finish from Alexia Zevnik in the 200 backstroke. The women’s team collected four individual gold medals and four relay titles, highlighted by senior Zevnik’s individual event sweep which earned her Most Valuable Swimmer. Additionally, Ky-lee Perry won the 50 freestyle in school record pace and swam on three title-winning relays, earning her ACC Female Swimmer of the Year.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Holloway spent seven seasons on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech, including as associate head coach since 2008. His tenacity as recruiting coordinator helped revitalize the Hokies program, as his 2009-10 men’s and women’s signing classes were both nationally ranked by CollegeSwimming.com – a first for the program. The Hokies consistently improved under his tutelage, combining to set more than 30 new school records and obtaining more than 20 All-Americans and 15 ACC Champions throughout his tenure.

Holloway enjoyed an illustrious collegiate career at State. He lettered with the Pack from 1998-2001, winning back-to-back ACC titles in the 100 backstroke in 2000-01, collecting all-conference honors all four years and setting an ACC record. A five-time All-American, he was ranked internationally in backstroke events and was an Olympic Trials qualifier for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.

A two-time Academic All-American, Holloway graduated from State in 2001 with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management, serving as the commencement speaker for the College of Natural Resources. He completed his master’s degree in education at Virginia Tech in the summer of 2007.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Holloway is married to former State swimmer Mary Mittendorf. The Holloways have four children– daughter Blythe Marie, son Ethan Robert, daughter Brynn Elizabeth and son Holden Jon.

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