Braden Holloway (Head Coach)


Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his sixth 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 five seasons at NC State, Holloway’s tenure has been full of success. Overall, Holloway has captured the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Coach of the Year honors, coached 158 All-ACC performances, 161 All-America performances, 19 ACC Individual Champions and 20 ACC Relay Champions. Holloway’s program has also thrived in the classroom in his time in Raleigh, as he has seen 122 ACC Honor Roll selections, 53 student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team and two members to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

The 2015-16 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 won its second-straight conference championship title, a national title in the 400 freestyle relay and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship while the women placed second at ACCs and ninth at NCAAs. The men’s 26th ACC team title marked the first time since 1985 that the program earned back-to-back titles while its NCAA finish was the highest in 61 years. The women’s conference and national finish marked the highest for the Wolfpack women since 1982. The men’s team finished the regular season with a 3-3 record while the women tabbed a 9-2 ledger, as both teams remained in the top 25 of the national polls thoughout the entire year. In postseason competition the Wolfpack racked up a combined 60 All-America performances, ?15 gold medals at the ACC Championships and 31 school records. Additionally the men’s swimming and diving team swept the annual conference awards for the second consecutive season, as Justin Ress earned ACC Male Freshman of the Year honors while Simonas Bilis tabbed ACC Male Swimmer of the Year honors for the second-straight year. Holloway was also named ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the third time in five years.

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.

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