AUBURN, Alabama, April 28. HALF of the coaching tandem that guided Auburn to three straight NCAA women’s championships from 2002-04 has decided to step down from her position. Kim Brackin, the co-women’s coach with David Marsh, resigned her position to spend more time with her family.
Named co-coach before the 2002-03 season, Brackin worked with Marsh in developing a national-power program, one that annually contends for Southeastern Conference and NCAA glory. This past season, Brackin helped the Tigers finish second at the NCAA Championships.
“Over the last year, I have figured out that in order to keep Auburn competing for national titles, you have to give a lot, as it should be,” Brackin said. “This year has been challenging in trying to balance the team and my family. I am 100 percent satisfied with what I have given to Auburn and 110 percent satisfied with what Auburn has given back to me. I would never have dreamed the opportunities and experiences that Auburn has afforded me, and I am very thankful for everything I have done here.”
Last summer, Brackin was named head coach of the Zimbabwe Olympic Team and helped lead a two-person contingent that included Auburn standout Kirsty Coventry. When the Athens Games were over, Coventry had won three medals, including gold in the 200-meter backstroke. She also took silver in the 100 back and bronze in the 200 individual medley.
A graduate of the University of Albany, Brackin was a United States assistant coach at the 2003 World University Games. Before arriving at Auburn, she coached at Northwestern University, Davidson College, Ithaca College and Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.
“Kim's contributions to our program can not be measured. She challenged the women's team to move to a higher level,” Marsh said. “We can't thank her enough for what she has meant to the Auburn swimming program and this community. We wish she, Steve (husband) and Travis (son) all the best in the future.”