Holloway Returns to Lead the Pack

Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced today that Braden Holloway, a five-time All-America selection and 2001 graduate of NC State, will take the reigns as head coach of the Wolfpack swimming and diving program.

"Braden is a high energy, focused leader," said Yow. "We are truly excited for Braden to come home and inspire excellence in our athletes while building on the traditions of the Red Legend Pride. His successes as an athlete and coach have prepared him to return to State and lead the Pack. I congratulate Chris Kingston and the search committee for their good work."

Holloway returns to Raleigh after seven seasons at Virginia Tech, having served as associate head coach since 2008. His tenacity as recruiting coordinator has 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. Last year Holloway's men's class was ranked for the second year in a row, standing 20th overall, while the women's class was ranked 14th. This year the women's class has been ranked 13th. The Hokies' program has consistently improved under his tutelage, combining to set over 30 new school records, obtaining over 20 All-Americans and over 15 ACC Champions throughout his tenure.

This past season the Virginia Tech men posted a 5-2 record and finished fourth at the ACC Championships, while the women went 6-3 and placed fifth at ACCs. In all, the Hokies sent five student-athletes to the NCAA Championships.

"I am excited and eager to be coming back to Raleigh and to join the Wolfpack family once again," stated Holloway. "NC State is a wonderful school that means so much to both my wife and I. I want to thank Director of Athletics Deborah Yow and Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Kingston for giving me this opportunity to lead such a storied program into the future. The Wolfpack Swimming and Diving program is one of the most decorated programs in the country and I am honored to build on the tradition that has been laid before me."

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's collegiate career at State was illustrious. 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 during 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 still stands as the school record, while he owns six more all-time top-10 marks in individual action and is a part of two top-three relay squads.

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 four all-time top-10 marks in the Wolfpack record book. The Holloway's have three children, daughter Blythe Marie, son Ethan Robert and daughter Brynn Elizabeth.

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