BOISE, Idaho-Boise State University and head swimming and diving coach Kristin Hill announced Thursday the hiring of Allison Brennan as diving coach. Brennan joins the Broncos after spending the past four seasons as a member of the coaching staff at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to have attracted a coach and diver of Allison's caliber to be a part of our staff," Hill said. "Allison stood out clearly in the interview process as the best person for our program to take the next step as we move up in national rankings."
Brennan began her stint as an assistant diving coach at South Carolina during the 2008-09 season, working under Todd Sherritt. In each of her four years, Brennan and the Gamecocks sent one diver to the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and at least three women to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Four student-athletes competed at the zone meet in three of those seasons, including every female diver on the roster each of the past two seasons.
Brennan helped coach three-time All-American Taryn Zack to a pair of Southeastern Conference Championships in the one-meter event (2009 and 2011). In 2011-12, Brennan tutored Courtney Forcucci to two All-America honors and an SEC crown in the three-meter.
"Allison has worked under one of the best diving coaches in the country for the past 11 years as both an athlete and a coach," Hill said. "Our team is motivated to be the best we can, and our divers play a huge role in our success. They are motivated to work hard and keep getting better, and they appreciated Allison's background, her focus on the team and individual success, and her drive to help them exceed expectations."
At the club level, Brennan spent the past seven years with South Carolina Divers, based out of Columbia, S.C. She was the head coach at SCD, coaching Junior Olympic Divers ages 5-18 as well as novice divers and providing diving lessons.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to help continue the successful tradition of the Boise State University swimming and diving program," Brennan said. "My goal is to elevate the Broncos to one of the premier diving programs in the country."
A decorated athlete, Brennan has been a member of the USA Diving National and International Team since 2000. Her hall-of-fame career at South Carolina was highlighted by the 2004 NCAA title in the one-meter event. In all, she claimed four All-America awards in her time with the Gamecocks and was named the 2006 USC Female Athlete of the Year after sweeping the springboard events at the 2006 SEC Championships to earn SEC Diver of the Year. Brennan followed the conference championship performance with a runner-up finish on one-meter at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
The collegiate success translated to the national and international levels. Brennan finished third at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and was an alternate for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
At the U.S. Grand Prix in May 2009, Brennan became the first American woman to win a gold medal in an international grand prix event in more than a decade. She bested a pair of 2008 Olympic medalists to take top honors in the three-meter event.
"Her firsthand knowledge of high-level diving and what it takes to be the best will allow our diving program to continue to grow dramatically," Hill said.
Brennan is originally from Huntington Beach, Calif., where she was a state champion and All-American at Edison High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in December 2005, from the University of South Carolina. Brennan is married to Nathan Peck.
The Broncos have sent two student-athletes to each of the past two NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Rising junior Ciera Cortney advanced to the regional meet in her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Boise State, entering its seventh season as a swimming and diving program, is still looking for its first NCAA Championships qualifier in diving. The Broncos sent four swimmers to the national meet in 2012, after winning their third-consecutive conference championship.