Former Rams swimmer added to coaching staff
The CSU Rams closed the 2013-14 regular season at home vs. Air Force on Feb. 1, 2014. Photos by Tim O'Hara.
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Former Colorado State swimmer MacKenzie Brown begins her second season as assistant coach with the CSU swimming & diving program. She was hired by Head Coach Christopher Woodard on Sept. 11, 2013. As a former swimmer for the Rams and volunteer coach with the team, Brown brings with her a wealth of knowledge, in and out of the pool.
"We are very fortunate to have someone as qualified as MacKenzie in our own backyard," Woodard said. "It has been my pleasure to both coach her and work with her as a colleague. She is innovative, hard working and very capable of making the transition to NCAA coaching. She has worked with some great mentors, including Fort Collins Area Swim Team head coach Chris Webb. I expect that MacKenzie will be a shot in the arm for our program as we continue to build a nationally recognized program."
Brown was most definitely a shot in the arm, helping CSU to its first winning record in four seasons. Brown helped mentor a freshman class of 15, with many of them becoming immediate impact performers. As a former swimmer, she can also relate to the student-athletes in a way that others cannot.
Graduating from CSU in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in interior design, Brown spent two seasons - from 2011-13 - as a volunteer assistant coach with CSU. She worked closely with CSU's swimmers and coaching staff, eventually helping to form a NCAA qualifier and Mountain West champion in Breann Fuller. Brown also created training programs for the Rams, and helped facilitate dual meets. Additionally, she was the 2011 recipient of the Doc Counsilman Award, given by the American Swimming Coaches Association for creative and innovative workouts.
Apart from CSU, Brown was a coach for the Vortex Swim Club (2008-10), the Fort Collins Area Swim Team (2010-13) and Poudre High School swimming (2008-10). In each position, Brown strove to build athletes who have strong technical ability and are passionate about their sport.
At Vortex, she expanded the senior group from three to 20 swimmers, and created training programs for the master level. With the Fort Collins Area Swim Team, Brown implemented training programs designed to enable swimmers to develop into competitive athletes at the local, state and national levels. Brown accomplished this while handling the logistics of scheduling, tryouts, statistics and meet planning. She has also gained experience volunteering as co-director for the Northern Colorado Swim Camp in Loveland for three years. Working with children ages 8-16, Brown developed dry land circuits, nutrition seminars and directed in-water training.
"Teaching and encouraging athletes to reach their fullest potential has become the true passion of my life," Brown said. "I am thrilled for the chance to be involved in the program that gave me so much support and opportunity while I was a student-athlete at CSU."
Brown grew up in Atascadero, Calif., attending Templeton High School. With the Rams, she swam distance freestyle and individual medley.
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