In his second season at North Texas, Brendon Bray led the Mean Green to its second consecutive fifth-place finish at the Conference USA swimming and diving championships as the team earned all-conference honors in the 400 medley relay and 400 IM.
The 2014-15 season was highlighted by three new school records and NCAA "B" time standards in five different events, each of which was claimed by seniors Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth. The duo once again led the way for North Texas in the pool as Rossum took records in the 200 IM (2:00.35) and 400 IM (4:15.22) while earning conference swimmer of the week honors twice throughout the year. Groteguth added a school-best time in the 200 backstroke (1:56.20).
Perhaps most importantly, the future looks bright for North Texas swimming and diving, as freshmen posted team-best times in four different events this season.
Throughout the 2013-14 season, Bray's first on campus, his swimmers had excellent performances in the pool with UNT swimmers setting four school records and achieving three NCAA "B" cut time standards during the season. During the fall semester Junior Krista Rossum set the school record in the 400 IM at the Houston Invite and then re-broke that record again at the C-USA Championships with a time of 4:16.95. Junior Mona Groteguth also had excellent performances at the Houston Invitational, setting school records in both the 100 (54.02) and 200 backstroke (1:56.62).
In the classroom the Mean Green swimmers and divers received many awards, including the No. 2 ranked team GPA of all swimming and diving programs in the country as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. In addition, the team had the highest GPA among C-USA swimming and diving programs and the UNT athletic department for the 2013-14 season. The Mean Green received the C-USA Academic Award for 2013-14 while Krista Rossum was awarded with the C-USA Scholar-Athlete Award, an honor given to only one swimmer or diver from the conference based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service. In addition, both Rossum and Groteguth were two of six total swimmers named to the C-USA All-Academic team for swimming and diving.
Bray came to North Texas from San Diego State, where he served as the associate head coach for the Aztecs while they achieved a peak dual meet ranking of No. 23 in the country by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Since his promotion to associate head coach, SDSU compiled a 26-1 dual meet record and became an annual participant at the NCAA Championships. Bray helped coach all 13 individual NCAA championship participants including five honorable All-American performances, which represented both the first individual and relay points scored by SDSU at the national championships.
In 2007, Bray came to SDSU after the program had finished last in the conference meet five straight years, and in four seasons he helped the team to their first Mountain West Conference championship in 2011, and then repeated the title in 2013. During Bray's tenure, SDSU accounted for the MWC swimmer of the year in three of the last four seasons he coached at SDSU. In total, Bray help SDSU to school records in every single swimming and diving event in his six seasons.
In 2010, Bray coached Meghan Zimmer to become SDSU's first MWC swimmer of the year after becoming the conference champion in the 500 Free and 200 Free. Her time of 4:46.72 was the MWC championship record at that time and her time of 1:46.69 was a school record.
In 2011, Bray again helped coach the second MWC swimmer of the year in Kelly Marquenie after she won the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free. Marquenie's time in the 1650 was a conference record of 16:15.53 and her 500 time of 4:43.41 is still a school record.
In 2013 the run of conference swimmer of the year honors continued with Mikaela Macklin who Bray helped coach to wins in the 200IM, 400 IM and 200 Breaststroke at the conference championships. Macklin's 200 IM time of 1:57.73 was also an all-time Mountain West record and her 400 IM time of 4:11.15 was a school record.
Before SDSU, Bray worked in the Pac-12 conference as men's and women's assistant coach at Washington for 2005-07 after serving as an undergraduate assistant in 2004-05. During his time at Washington, Bray coached several NCAA championship participants and helped recruit the collegeswimming.com's number-one ranked recruit in the country.
Bray also swam three years for Washington and one year at the University of Utah. Bray was a senior national qualifier and Pac-12 championship participant during his time at UW. Bray graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington in 2005, and earned his masters degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership through the department of education at Washington in 2007. Bray is a native of Reno, Nevada. His wife, Beth, is a practicing dentist.
2000-2001: student/athlete at University of Utah
2001-2004: student/athlete at University of Washington
2005-2007: assistant men's and women's swim coach at University of Washington
2007-2011: assistant women's swim coach at San Diego State
2011-2013: associate head swim coach at San Diego State
2013-present: head coach at University of North Texas