Pack second-year head coach led squad to top-15 finish
State Finishes 15th at NCAA Championships
Pack scores 20 more points on day two
Pack scores 24 points on first day of competition
Nine student-athletes will represent Pack in Indianapolis
ACC Men's Coach of the Year (2013)
Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection as a student-athlete and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his third 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 just two seasons at NC State, Holloway's teams have enjoyed great success. Overall, he has captured the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Coach of the Year honors, coached 18 All-ACC performers, 10 individual All-America selections and five ACC Champions. Holloway's squad has also thrived in the classroom, as 52 members of his team have been placed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, 14 student-athletes have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team and one member on the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
The 2012-13 campaign saw Holloway earn ACC Men's Coach of the Year honors, as the men capped the season with a 5-4-1 overall record and the women finished with a 7-4 mark. His men's squad capped the season with a top-15 finish at the NCAA Championships, the program's highest finish since the 1978-79 campaign. The finish also marked the highest among participating ACC schools. The men's squad boasted eight individuals who claimed All-America (no `n') honors at the NCAA Championships, while diver Hannah Hopkins of the women's squad claimed her second consecutive All-America honor on platform. The women finished the season with a 37th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In his first full recruiting class, Holloway brought in a class that was ranked among the top-25 for men and women, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
The Pack enjoyed a tremendous amount of success throughout Holloway's inaugural season in 2011-12, as the men's team finished with a 9-2 overall ledger and the women finished with an 8-5 mark. The men's squad completed the regular season second in the ACC standings, while five athletes within the program garnered All-ACC honors. State was represented by Jonathan Boffa and Hopkins at the NCAA Championships, as Hopkins placed seventh on the platform competition en route to earning All-America honors.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Holloway spent seven seasons on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech, serving as associate head coach the last two seasons. 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.
Prior to his stint at Virginia Tech, Holloway was an assistant coach at The University of the South from 2003-04. During that time he coached Matthew Martelli to All-America honors, while seven student-athletes won individual titles and the team established four school records.
Holloway enjoyed an illustrious collegiate career at NC State. He lettered with the Pack from 1998-2001, winning back-to-back ACC titles in the 100 backstroke in 2000 and 2001, 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.
His swim in the 100 backstroke from 2000 stood as the school record for 12 years until his coaching guided Michael Camper to break his record in 2013. He owns four more all-time top-10 marks in individual action.
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, who still holds three all-time top-10 marks in the Wolfpack record book. The Holloways have three children, daughter Blythe Marie, son Ethan Robert and daughter Brynn Elizabeth.