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ACC Men's Coach of the Year (2013, 15)
Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, enters his fourth 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 four seasons at NC State, Holloway's tenure has been full of success. Overall, Holloway has captured the 2013 and 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Coach of the Year honors, coached 87 All-ACC performers, 66 individual All-America selections, 12 ACC Individual Champions and 14 ACC Relay Champions. Holloway's squad has also thrived in the classroom in his time in Raleigh, as 72 members of his squads have been placed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, 37 student-athletes have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team and one member on the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Throughout the 2014-15 campaign Holloway and his staff guided the men's team to an undefeated regular season, its 25th ACC Championship title and an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The season marked the first time in program history that both the men's and women's squads earned consecutive top-20 finishes at NCAAs, as the women finished 17th at the 2015 Championships. The women's team finished the regular season 5-3, followed by a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championships, where Riki Bonnema became the first woman in 19 years to earn a gold medal at ACCs. Combined, Holloway saw 40 All-America performances, 13 gold medals at the ACC Championships, 27 school records and Anton Ipsen earn ACC Male Freshman of the Year honors while Simonas Bilis tabbed ACC Male Swimmer of the Year honors. In turn of a historical season among the men's program, Holloway was named ACC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.
In 2013-14, both the Wolfpack men's and women's squad each finished in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships, marking the first time in program history that each squad finished in the top-16 in the same season. After posting a 5-5 mark during the regular season, the men's team posted the highest finish for the program since the 1995-96 campaign with a second-place finish at the ACC Championships, while also posting a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships to mark the program's highest finish since the 1978-79 campaign. After a regular season that saw the squad tally a 6-5 mark, the Wolfpack women finished fourth at the ACC Championships to mark its highest placement since the 1992-93 season. At the NCAA Championships, the women posted a 16th-place finish for its best finish since the 1981-82 campaign. Overall, the men's squad saw nine swimmers earn All-American honors and seven women earned All-America status.
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 all ACC schools. The men's squad boasted eight individuals who claimed All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, while diver Hannah Hopkins of the women's squad claimed her second consecutive All-America honors 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, 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 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 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.
His swim in the 100 backstroke from 2000 ranks as the fourth fastest swim in program history, as he owns a total of four 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 the eighth-fastest mark in the 200 IM in the Wolfpack record book. The Holloways have four children- daughter Blythe Marie, son Ethan Robert, daughter Brynn Elizabeth and son Holden Jon.