While the Olympic athletes competing in the 2015 Summer Olympics in Rio normally get all the attention, the men and women behind them are not forgotten.
Some of the coaches accompanying the athletes also have connections to Alabama. Below are some of those coaches:
David Marsh (United States Women’s Head Coach/Auburn 1978-81)
A three-time assistant coach for the United States, Auburn alum and former head coach David Marsh is the head coach for the USA women’s swimming team in Rio. Marsh was previously on the USA staffs in 1996, 2000 and 2012.
Lauren Hancock (Guatemala/Auburn Associate Women’s Head Coach)
Lauren Hancock, who just finished her first season at Auburn, will be a part of the Guatemala contingent as she coaches current Auburn swimmer Luis Martinez, one of two Guatemalan’s to qualify for Olympic swimming. This will be her first appearance at the Olympics.
Brett Hawke (Brazil/Auburn Head Coach)
Auburn’s head coach since 2009, Brett Hawke is making his third coaching trip to the Olympics and his fifth trip overall. He is making his second trip to the games as an assistant coach for Brazil, which he also did in 2008 in Beijing. Part of his coaching responsibilities will be to guide former Auburn sprint freestyle specialist Marcelo Chierighini as well as Bruno Fratus, who also trains at Auburn. Hawke, who is from Australia, competed in the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympics and was the Bahamas head coach in 2012 (London).
Sergio Lopez Miro (Singapore/Auburn Associate Head Coach)
Sergio Lopez, who was named Associate Head Coach for Auburn Swimming and Diving in April, will serve as the head coach for Singapore in Rio. The Singapore Swimming Association head coach, he was an Olympic bronze medalist with Spain in 1988 (Seoul) and also on the 1992 (Barcelona) Olympic team
Ozzie Quevedo (Suriname/Auburn Assistant Coach)
Ozzie Quevedo will be part of the Suriname coaching contingent in his first Olympic coaching appearance. An Olympian for Venezuela in 2000 (Sydney), he will coach Renzo Tjon a Joe, who trains at Auburn, a sprint freestyle and butterfly specialist.