Archive for the Staff Category

Braden Holloway (Head Coach)


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 – 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.

Mary Holloway (Camp Director)

Mary Holloway is our Camp Director.  She and her husband, Head Coach Braden Holloway, started Pack Swim Camp in 2012.  Mary runs all of the registration, website design, merchandise design, planning and executing of all camp activities, and lots of other camp stuff!  She’s the go to person if you have questions about camps or clinics.

Mary graduated from NC State University in 2001 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  She was a member of the Swimming and Diving team and captain her senior year.  She was a school record holder in the 200 IM and also swam freestyle and butterfly.

After college she worked as a project manager for a financial software company for 14 years before leaving to focus on family and swim camps.

Bobby Guntoro (Associate Head Coach)


Bobby Guntoro recently enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack’s swimming and diving program, as he assists with the sprint and middle distance groups on a daily basis and recruiting. Prior to his position he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the team.

Guntoro has been a part of the program’s climb to the top of the national rankings, as he played a part in the men’s program’s three consecutive ACC Championship titles and top-10 program finishes at the NCAA Championship in 2015, ’16 and ’17.

He also helped the Wolfpack women to its first conference title since 1980 as the team ended Virginia’s nine year streak to win the ACC crown and its highest NCAA finish in program history, taking seventh. In 2016, Guntoro helped coach the women to a second place finish at the 2016 ACC Championship and eight-spot climb at the NCAA Championship, as the women finished 17th in 2015 and ninth.

In 2015 he received a masters degree in Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentration on Sport and Youth Development from NC State. Prior to his stint with the Wolfpack he served as a volunteer assistant at UNCW, helping the program to win its 11th-straight title in 2012 under former head coach Dave Allen.

Guntoro graduated in 2011 from UNC-Wilmington with an accounting degree and was a member of the university’s swimming and diving team. At UNCW he was a school record holder in the 100 butterfly and multiple relay events, and a multiple-time CAA Champion in relay events. He also represented Indonesia on an international level from 2003-11.

Brandt Nigro (Assistant Coach)


Brandt Nigro is set to begin his first season as an assistant coach for NC State University.   Nigro comes to Raleigh after three highly-successful seasons as a Division I assistant at Marshall and UMBC.

Nigro’s most recent stop was at Marshall, where his one season was the most successful in program history. The Thundering Herd women’s team scored a program record 724 points at the Conference USA Championships while finishing third. Nigro, who was the primary coach for the sprint and backstroke events, coached Sirena Rowe (50 free, 22.08) to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Swim & Dive Championships. Rowe was the first Marshall swimmer to qualify for the NCAAs since 2005. In addition, eleven school records, including six individual, were set by the team in 2016-17. The Thundering Herd also set high marks in the classroom, earning the nation’s fifth highest GPA.

Prior to Marshall, Nigro helped the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams win back-to-back conference championships in his two seasons in Baltimore. He was a part of the 2015-16 CCSA Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year and the 2014-15 America East Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year. In those two seasons, 18 school records and eight conference records were set. The team was led by Emily Escobedo, who earned All-American honors in the 200 breast. At UMBC, Nigro also served as the head senior coach of the Retriever Aquatic Club.

Nigro began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant on the staff at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has also coached the Cheshire YMCA Sea Dogs Swim Club and served as head coach of Brookfield (Conn.) High School girls swim and dive team, winning a Southwest Conference championship in 2012. Nigro is an ASCA Level 4 Certified Coach and was selected as an ASCA Fellow for the Class of 2016.

A native of Bristol, Conn., Nigro graduated with honors from the College of Charleston in 2005. At Charleston, he helped his team to a Southern States Conference Championship. Nigro was named to multiple All-Conference and All-Academic Teams. In 2009, he graduated with honors from the University of Hartford with a master’s degree and a sixth year certificate in school psychology. While coaching in Connecticut, he also worked as a state and nationally certified school psychologist.


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