Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches
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.
Alex de la Pena joined the Brown swimming & diving program as an assistant coach in August 2013. De la Pena comes to Brown following a two-year stint as the Head Swimming & Diving Coach and Director of Aquatic Sports at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.
At Monmouth, de la Pena created and planned water workouts as well as weight room and dryland programs. Additionally, he was responsible for recruiting, fundraising, budget, team travel and monitoring academic performance. In the pool, de la Pena coached 23 All-Midwest Conference performances, along with one conference champion, 19 school records and 88 top ten times in program history. Most recently, he led the men’s and women’s team to a third-place finish at the 2013 Midwest Conference Championship, marking the highest combined finish in team history.
Before Monmouth, de la Pena served as the assistant swimming & diving coach at Oberlin College, where he coached the team to 11 school records and posted 81 top ten times in school history. Under de la Pena’s direction, three swimmers achieved NCAA “B” cut times and one swimmer qualified for the 2010 NCAA Division III National Meet.
Prior to Oberlin, de la Pena was the assistant swim coach at Elyria Catholic High School and previously served as the assistant swim coach at St. Lawrence University.
A 2007 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, de la Pena earned a Master of Education in Education Administration and Leadership from St. Lawrence in 2009.
Cassie Peterson joined the Brown swimming & diving program as an assistant coach in September of 2013. Peterson comes to College Hill after spending two years as the assistant swim coach at Luther College.
Peterson assisted is various aspects of the swim program at Luther, including recruiting, promotion, community outreach and coordinating team travel. In addition, she was responsible for several coaching tasks, such as the writing and execution of workouts and student-athlete technique and development.
Prior to Luther, Peterson served as the assistant swim coach at Nicolet High School where she assisted with technique, meet management, daily practices and general administration.
A standout four-year member of the swimming & diving team at the University of Connecticut, Peterson was a two-time BIG EAST finalist in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Additionally, Peterson was a 2008 Senior National Qualifier in the 200 backstroke.
Peterson graduated from UConn in 2009 with a degree in Sociology.
Goe oversaw all facets of the diving program at Western Kentucky, including recruiting and development, practices and video analysis, along with various administrative and fundraising responsibilities. In 2012-13, Goe coached a men’s diver to the finals in three events at the conference championship and a women’s diver to a pair of runner-up finishes, while a women’s diver set the school record in the 3-meter event.
Before Western Kentucky, Goe spent two years as the diving coach at Flordia Gulf Coast University. During the 2011-12 season, Goe was named CCSA Women's Diving Coach of the Year. Junior diver Meagan Butler won the 1-meter and 3-meter CCSA championships, broke the CCSA 1-meter record (272.9) and CCSA 3-meter record (302), set the FGCU 3-meter school record and earned CCSA Diver of the Meet recognition. Sophomore Alex Valder finished third on the 1-meter competition while all four of the FGCU divers placed top eight in the 3-meter preliminaries. To end the season, Butler, Valder, and freshman Cayla Collins qualified to compete at Auburn University at the Zone B Diving Championship.
In the 2010-11 campaign with the FGCU diving program, Goe had another successful season culminating with being named the CCSA Women's Diving Coach of the Year. Senior diver Karmin McNamara was named the Diver of the Year and the championship's Most Outstanding Diver after finishing in first in the 1-meter competition and second in the 3-meter at the league meet under Goe. McNamara also set the school record in the 1-meter, scoring a 285.45 against FAU. Senior Gabrielle Shaw also earned an All-Conference watch under Goe's tutelage, with a third-place finish in the 1-meter.
Prior to FGCU, Goe coached the men's and women's dive team at Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. During his time at Canisius, Goe coached both the men and women divers and assisted in travel planning, skill development and conditioning. Under Goe's direction in 2009 and 2010, the women divers placed into the MAAC Championship finals on the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. Goe also coached a Canisius diver who broke the school's 3-meter, 11 dive record in 2009 and another diver who went on to place in the top eight in the 1-meter at the Eastern College Athletic Conference meet.
In the summer of 2010, Goe served as a diving official for the Empire State games in addition to directing summer diving clinics.
Goe is a 1997 graduate from Ball State in Muncie, Ind. He received a bachelor's degree in elementary education before pursing his master's in education in 2004 from Indiana Wesleyan.