Brett Hawke


  • Birthday: June 2, 1975
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Now Resides: Auburn, Alabama
  • College: Auburn University


Former Head Coach of Auburn University’s Swimming and Diving Teams
Two-time Olympian
Coach of former Auburn swimmer and 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold-Medalist, Cesar Cielo
2009 World Championships Asst. Coach (Brazil)
2008 Olympic Coach (Brazil)
2009 SEC and NCAA Co-Head Coach of the Year
Five NCAA Team Championships (two as a swimmer, three as a coach)
Nine-time NCAA Champion
17-time NCAA All-American


“You can talk it up but it is what you do on the day that counts.” – Brett Hawke

You may be awestruck by Brett Hawke’s successful swimming career, but I guarantee you’ll first be mesmerized by his Australian accent. Hailing from the coastal capital of Sydney, Australia, Hawke grew up surrounded by his first love – water. Since his own swimming career finished, Hawke has dedicated himself to empowering all swimmers who cross his path, whether they’re training to qualify for the Olympics or gearing up for their first competition.

Through coaching experiences and having four kids of his own, Hawke has sharpened his communication skills to suit all ages and maturity levels: “I understand how to relate and communicate with the swimmers, as I was one myself for many years. I break down complex ideas so they are simple and easy to understand.”

Hawke partners with swimmers in their quest for improvement, focusing on specific skills and tinkering with technique specific to the individual’s needs. But participants don’t have to solely talk swimming with Hawke – he provides a wealth of wisdom and encouragement both in and out of the water. After conversing with this calm and collected coach, swimmers have no choice but to walk away  with renewed perspective:

“I’ve been through highs and lows in my swimming career, so it has given me a deep understanding and appreciation for life in how to manage disappointment and success,” Hawke reflects.

Those attending his clinics will learn from a master of technical skill and a man with over 12 years of experience developing countless talented swimmers to accomplish their goals, whether at major international competitions or at a local pool. Hawke’s secret to success lies in the little things: “Details are important. Small shifts can create big changes, both physically and mentally.”

Whether pointing out subtle changes to make a tighter streamline or alters your elbow position on your freestyle catch, Hawke has an eye for technique and a passion for improving swimmers of all abilities.

Hawke had strong mentors during his developmental years and aims to provide the same encouraging presence for others. Swimming as a Tiger for the University of Auburn, he gained an arsenal of swimming knowledge from legendary coach David Marsh.

Brett knows what it takes to kick your swimming into gear, and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way! He encourages swimmers with this motto: “Stay positive: take each day as it comes and try not to forecast the future. Do the daily things necessary to accomplish your goals.”

Jump start your swimming by signing up for Brett’s next clinic!

Participant Feedback From Brett's Clinics

“The talks the clinicians had with the group on the mental aspects of swimming as a sport, and getting prepared for fast races was excellent. So much focus is on the physical aspects of the sport, and to bring in the mental/psychological aspect was exactly what several swimmers needed to hear.  Thank you to Brett Hawke, Michael Klim, and Gary Hall, Jr. for a very informative, well-run clinic. We learned a lot, and I highly recommend them as a training team.”-Erika, from Torrance, CA

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