Brendon Bray enters his sixth season after being promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach for the Aztec women's swimming and diving team prior to the 2011-12 season. Among his duties are arranging team travel and coordinating recruiting activities as well as working primarily with the butterfly, IM and breaststroke swimmers.
His work in the area of recruiting helped SDSU finished undefeated (16-0) for the second straight season in 2011-12 as the Aztecs placed second at the annual conference championship meet. A total of 13 SDSU swimmers earned all-Mountain West recognition last year.
Bray's recruiting efforts and training techniques also played an important part in San Diego State's monumentally successful 2010-11 season as the Aztecs completed a perfect 19-0 dual meet season en route to the program's first-ever Mountain West regular-season and conference meet championships. Along the way SDSU swimmers set school records in 11 individual and two relay events as the team was ranked as high as 23rd in the nation during the season.
Among his swimmers, four earned all-Mountain West Conference honors at the annual league championship meet. School records were set by Katelyn Weddle in the 100 breast, Melanie Garibaldi in the 400 IM and Brooke Vessey in the 100 fly. In addition, Weddle qualified to swim at the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 breaststroke for the second consecutive year
Bray played an important role for the Aztecs during the 2009-10 season, helping breaststroke specialist Katelyn Weddle to a first place finish and all-time Mountain West Conference records in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Weddle went on to finish 12th place in the NCAA Championships and score the first points at the national championship meet for SDSU in school history. SDSU finished the conference meet in third place, the highest finish in the history of the program.
He also had a huge impact in helping recruit the number four ranked recruiting class in the country by collegeswimming.com for the 2009-10 season as well as the number 22 ranked class for the 2010-11 season. Both recruiting rankings were the highest of any Mountain West Conference University for both seasons.
During the 2008-09 season Bray helped the Aztecs to a sixth-place finish at the Mountain West Conference championships, the team's best showing since the 2001 campaign. The team finished with a 9-6 mark in dual meet competition, setting a total of 13 school records along the way.
Bray helped coach freshman Jeanette Engzell to the conference championship in the 200 breaststroke and second place finish in the 100 breaststroke, with both events finishing as school records. He was also instrumental in Elena Karpeeva's development as she set multiple school records and scored in multiple championship finals at the conference championships.
In his first year at San Diego State, Bray helped guide the Scarlet and Black to its best record since the 2001-02 campaign with an 8-4 mark in dual meets.
For the past five summers Bray has directed the Nike Boys and Girls Swim Camp at held at the Aztec Aquaplex. In summer of 2010 Bray added a second Nike Camp at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Bray came to San Diego State from the University of Washington, where he was the men's and women's swimming assistant coach for three years. During his time at UW, Bray helped coach multiple NCAA qualifiers and NCAA championship scorers. In addition to his duties as coach, Bray also served as the recruiting coordinator and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Huskies' swimming program that included organizing team travel, budgeting, fundraising and acting as the community service liaison.
Bray also had a stellar collegiate career, competing on the swim team at the University of Utah for one year and the University of Washington for three years before beginning his stint as an assistant coach with the Huskies. He was a senior national qualifier and ranked in the top 10 on the UW all-time list in the 200 backstroke at the conclusion of his senior season.
A native of Reno, Nev., Bray was a four-year letterwinner and an All-American at Reno High School. He is coaching certified through both the American Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, snow skiing and watching NFL football.
Bray received his bachelor's degree in economics in 2005 and his master's degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership (2007) from the University of Washington.