Brendon Bray Named Assistant Swimming Coach

Sept. 9, 2005

SEATTLE-- Brendon Bray will join the Washington swimming coach staff for the 2005-06 season, head coach Mickey Wender announced today. Bray takes on his first collegiate coaching position after a successful swimming career at Washington.

'Brendon was one of my all-time favorite athletes to coach,' said Wender. 'He has a commitment to the University of Washington and Husky athletics that is very special and you can't teach or coach that. From the minute he stepped onto this campus he has given every ounce of his heart and soul to this program and you really can't ask for more from a guy. Brendon has amazing people skills and I think he's going to help a lot in recruiting here. He has the ability to relate to young men and women in a special way and he has a tremendous work ethic. Brendon knows me, knows the program, and knows the school really well. I'm excited that we have the chance to work together and I expect him to hit the ground running and really bring a lot to the program.'

Bray, a native of Reno, Nev., graduated from Washington in March of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. A three-year letterwinner with the Huskies, Bray ranks seventh on the UW all-time chart in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.06. Bray also competed for one season at Utah from 2000-01 before transferring to Washington.

'I am really excited to join the Husky coaching staff,' said Bray. 'I'm thankful for the opportunity to coach at the school I swam for and learn from Mickey. Mickey has so much passion and enthusiasim for his job and it shows every day. I admire those qualities about him and there is no other person I'd rather learn coaching from than him. The University of Washington means a lot to me and I look forward to coaching and giving back to the program that helped shape me into who I am today.'

The Washington swimming team opens the 2005-06 season on October 1 when the Huskies compete in the Oktoberfest intrasquad meet at 11 am.

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