CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, August 15. SWIMMAC CEO/Director of Coaching David Marsh is pleased to announce the hiring of Brandon “BD” Drawz as the club's executive director. Drawz will oversee all “dry-side” operations of the 35-year old club and work to strengthen infrastructure.
“BD is going to provide a great level of leadership and knowhow for all of our staff and membership,” said Marsh. “His experience in this area is extensive and uniquely qualifies him for this role. He brings a fresh look at what we have going on and will be able to make an immediate impact on all of our operations.”
Drawz most recently comes Mt. Hood Aquatics (MHA) in Gresham, Ore. where he has served as the executive director and coach since 2004. In this role he oversaw all aspects of the club's financial and business operations, strategic planning, staff management, recruitment of parent volunteers and numerous other important roles.
Additionally, Drawz was the assistant athletics director for Mt. Hood Community College from 2004-2011. He was responsible for day-to-day operations for Oregon's most comprehensive and largest aquatics center including, but not limited too, administration and supervision of the aquatics programs and recreation programs that serve the students, staff and community at large. He was also directly responsible for fundraising, marketing, event management and contract negotiation.
Not only does Drawz have a vast understanding the “dry-side” of club management, he has held coaching positions for over 18 years. He got his start in coaching while serving as an aquatics coordinator for the United States military. Drawz was and assistant coordinator and head coach for the Youngsan Barracudas in Seoul, Korea.
Upon graduation from the University of Washington, he worked his way through the coaching ranks in the club system and eventually landed the assistant swimming coach position at the University of Wisconsin.
He remained with the Badgers for three years where he not only coached but handled much of the “dry-side” of the program. During his time on staff the Badgers improved and had two top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championship.
Drawz is well respected amongst the swimming community, most notably he has served on the USA Swimming (USAS) Board of Director since 2008. Further, he has held positions as the North West Sectional Chair, Oregon and USA Swimming's audit committee, and serves as the Husky Swimming Foundation's President. Drawz is also a member of the USAS's Olympic Internal Operations Committee running from the end of the 2012 games through Rio in 2016. He has served as the head manager for numerous international USAS meets and competitions, most recently serving as a manager to the 2012 Olympic Team while at their training camp in Knoxville. In 2008 he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by USAS/ConocoPhillips.
As a club that hosts many meets every year, SwimMAC will benefit greatly from Drawz's meet management experiences. For the last five years he has served as the meet director for the Speedo Championship Series: Sectionals Northwest. He has been the meet director for Oregon School Activities Association Championship since 2007. Starting in 2008 as the United States Masters Swimming Long Course Nationals meet director until now, Drawz has annually managed dozens large scale events , both swimming and non-swimming related.
Drawz said this of the storied program, “I'm extremely honored and excited for the opportunity to join one of our country's finest swimming organizations. David, his staff and volunteers have done a tremendous job as leaders in our sport. I look forward to continuing to serve swimming as a member of their team.”
Drawz will be relocating to Charlotte for his Sept. 1 start date.
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