Brackin Promoted to Co-Head Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Associate head women's swimming coach <b>Kim Brackin</b> has been promoted to co-head coach for the Auburn University swimming program.

Brackin's primary responsibilities are with the women's team, which won the NCAA Championship this past season. Brackin has been with the Auburn program for five seasons. Auburn uses one coaching staff to handle both the men's and women's swimming teams.

"Kim has established herself as one of the top young coaches in America and we're excited to have convinced her to join our program," AU coach David Marsh said. "I'm obviously thrilled with the job she has done in her position and I would fully anticipate with her in a more official leadership role our women's program has a bright future. In my opinion, Kim has been the single biggest factor in our program's rise from a contending team to a championship team."

Brackin has coached world champion Maggie Bowen and 22 other All-Americans during her tenure at AU. She has helped AU's program climb from an 11th place national finish in 1999 to No. 1 in 2002.

Brackin is back on campus after coaching the U.S. National Junior Team in Italy this summer.

The Auburn women's team celebrates its 2002 national title in Austin, Tex. Brackin is on the front row (fifth from left in blue) next to David Marsh (navy shirt in tie).

"When I originally came to Auburn, my goal was to work toward becoming a co-head coach," Brackin said. "This is pretty satisfying, having the trust of David (Marsh), the team and the Athletic Department, including (Athletic Director) David Housel.

"For the past five years the program has taken on the challenge of emphasizing the women's team and I hope that we continue to accelerate that trend. I am very excited for the new challenges that lie ahead with this position."

Brackin, Marsh and the Auburn women's swimming team will officially unveil their NCAA Championship banner at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday in a ceremony at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

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