Hawkeyes open season at Michigan
Hawkeyes open season at Michigan
Oct. 11, 2013 CRWC Pool
Brandon King is entering his third season as assistant coach and men's recruiting coordinator with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program.
Iowa enjoyed success across the board during the 2014-15 season -- a year where the UI was in the national spotlight, hosting the 2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. It was the first championship in Iowa City since 1927.
Under King's guidance, the Hawkeyes swam to 19 school records and had 31 student-athletes post NCAA qualifying standards. The Iowa men had five NCAA qualifiers en route to a 35th place finish (eight points) at the NCAA Championships, while the women had four NCAA qualifiers -- the most since 1993 -- to place 38th nationally with 10 points.
Senior Becky Stoughton earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events, while also becoming Iowa's first women's Big Ten champion since 2001. Junior Addison Boschult dove to honorable mention All-America honors on the platform with a 10th place overall finish.
Both teams tallied eighth-place finishes at the 2015 Big Ten Championships. The Hawkeye women finished with 223 points, while the men's squad had 230.5 points in a championship event held in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes garnered national rankings during the course of the season with the men's squad climbing as high as No. 19 in the CSCAA rankings and SwimSwam Power rankings. The Hawkeye women were 21st in the CSCAA poll Jan. 21.
Academically, Iowa had 27 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors with the 12 men's honorees tying the school record. The Hawkeye women earned the CSCAA Fall and Spring Scholar All-America honors for the seventh straight year and the program has received at least one team accolade dating back to 2005.
In his first season in Iowa City, King helped coach the women's team to a 9-5 dual record with the nine victories being the second-highest total for the program the past decade. The Hawkeyes went 4-3 in Big Ten duals, which led to a No. 20 ranking in the collegeswimming.com poll on Dec. 29. The team posted school records in four individual and four relays throughout the course of the season.
The UI men's squad was ranked as high as No. 21 in the CSCAA poll for three weeks and three school records went down in 2013-14. King coached senior Dustin Rhoads to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, marking the fourth-straight year the Hawkeyes have been represented at the championship.
Both the men's and women's squads posted eighth place finishes at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The UI women finished with 199 points, while the men tallied 188 points. At season's end, 31 Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees -- the 19 women's selections were a school record, while the men tied a record with 12 receiving the accolade.
King joined the program out of Naperville, Ill., prior to the 2013-14 season where he served as a senior assistant coach alongside decorated head coach Dave Krotiak for the Fox Valley Swim Team from 2011-13. During his time with the program, King assisted the Illinois Senior Coach of the Year and coached multiple swimmers competing at the Junior Nationals, Grand Prix meets and Olympic Trials.
From 2010-12, King was the head girls and assistant boys swim coach at Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School for two seasons. He led the program to two top-10 finishes, including a third-place showing at the Illinois High School Association state finals, broke five school records in two seasons and coached a student-athlete to two individual state titles.
King, who coached a number of All-Americans in his two-year stint, was named the Illinois High School Association Coach of the Year in 2012.
King swam collegiately at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he was a four-year letter winner and school record holder. He was an NCAA All-American and All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) selection in 2009-10. He also was named to the MIAA Honor Roll of Athletes in 2009-10 and was a Dean's List honoree.
King earned his bachelor's degree in physical education with a health minor from Hope College in 2010.