Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced the hiring of Brandt Nigro as the new head coach for the men's and women's swimming programs.
Nigro comes to West Point after a two-year stint at NC State as an assistant coach for the swimming and diving teams. His primary responsibilities included working with the sprint freestyle and stroke events, and he also assisted in recruiting.
He helped the Wolfpack men continue their dominance in the ACC with their fifth-straight league title in 2019 and the women completed an NC State sweep on the year with their own ACC title. The men finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in 2018 and 2019 and the women took seventh in 2019 and 18th in 2018 with Nigro on staff. While at NC State, Nigro saw 117 All-American performances, 37 individual ACC honors, 37 school records, and 164 NC State all-time top-10 performances. In 2019, he mentored the women sprinters to an ACC title, conference record, and All-America performance in the 200 freestyle relay. The year before, the men's 800 and 400 freestyle relays set NCAA, US Open and American records. With the success over the last couple of years, he was a member of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 ACC Men's Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, he has guided athletes to elite international-level competitions, including, World Championships and the Olympics.
"We are thrilled to have Brandt taking over our swimming programs," Buddie said. "Everyone we spoke to about Brandt had great things to say about his work ethic, character and that he is a rising star in the sport. I am looking forward to following our cadet-athletes' success under his leadership."
Prior to his two years in Raleigh, Nigro had three successful seasons as an assistant coach at Marshall and UMBC. Read more.