BOISE, Idaho--Boise State swimming coach Jeremy Kipp announced today that he has hired Brandon Blaisdell to lead the Bronco divers.
Kipp, who has been on the job for about a month, said, "One of the most important things in collegiate athletics are the coaches who help develop and mentor young athletes before they ever step foot onto campus. As a club coach Brandon was instrumental in the development of many Division I divers," Kipp said. "Brandon knows specifically what it takes for young divers too mature into elite college athletes. As a club coach working in the trenches, Brandon is going to have a significant leg up in recruiting as he has seen hundreds of potential prospects developing. As a volunteer at Minnesota, Brandon was exposed to one of the most elite diving coaches in Wenbo Chen and one of the most elite programs in diving. Like any profession or art, being surrounded by the best and being exposed to what elite truly looks like can ignite a spark and Brandon has certainly taken advantage of that experience. Like our new assistant Megan Hawthorne, I am excited to give Brandon his start in collegiate coaching and look forward to what his passion brings to the Bronco divers."
Blaisdell was the program manager and coach of the Mile High Diving Club in Littleton, Colorado over the last two years, and is a coach at the USA Diving Regional Training Center. Prior to that, Blaisdell was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota and also was head coach of the Minnesota Diving Academy from 2010-2013. Blaisdell helped train Kelci Bryant, who went on to win the NCAA one-meter diving national championship and capture the silver medal in the 3-meter synchronized diving event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Blaisdell has helped 18 divers earn Division I scholarships. While at Minnesota, he helped the men's and women's divers to five Big Ten Conference titles and three runner-up finishes Blaisdell helped the Golden Gopher divers to nine All-America honors.