Men's Swimming & Diving

Peter Brown
Peter Brown
Phone: 401/863-1919
Position: Head Coach

Peter Brown joined the Brown staff as the Director of Swimming and Aquatics in the fall of 2001. He took over the position vacated by Matt Kredich, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2001 season.

The head men's swimming coach at Penn State University since 1984, Brown took over both the men's and women's swim programs in addition to managing and overseeing the Smith Swim Center as The Director of Aquatics.

While at Penn State, he earned Big Ten Coach of the Year Honors in 1999 after guiding the men's team to it's first Big Ten Title, a school record 10-1 record, and its first top-20 finish in the NCAA Championships.

After seven solid seasons in the Big Ten, Brown's team broke through at the 1998 Conference Championships, finishing a school-best third place. That same year, Brown reached a career milestone when he became the first coach in Penn State men's swimming history to reach the 100-victory plateau.

In addition to his team's successes in the pool, Brown stressed excellence in the classroom. His teams achieved Team Academic All-America honors eight times and every year from 1991-97 and he has also coached nine different Academic All-Americans.

Before arriving at Penn State, Brown coached at Old Dominion, where he was named the Virginia Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1983-84. Prior to joining the Old Dominion staff as coach and aquatics director, Brown was the assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Delaware from 1981-83. He also served as the Blue Hens' diving coach.

His other coaching experience includes two years as a graduate assistant at UCLA (1976-78), head age group coach of the Foxcatcher A.A.U. Swimming Club in Philadelphia (1978-81) and as a swimming and country club head coach in California and Illinois.

He has co-authored several articles on the stroking characteristics of international level swimmers. In 1992, he was part of a research team that traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to videotape and analyze swimming events at the Olympic Games. Brown was awarded a master's degree in kinesiology from UCLA in 1978. He graduated with highest honors from Illinois in 1975 with a B.S. in physical education.