|Year:||1st, 4th on staff|
|Degree:||BS, Environmental Managment and Protection, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo '10|
|Degree:||MS, Environmental Management, Portland State University '14|
Brent Summers is in his first season as head coach of the Willamette University men's and women's swimming teams. Summers was an assistant coach for the Bearcat swimming teams during the past three seasons.
"I'm humbled and honored to be promoted to head coach for the men's and women's teams," Summers said. "I would like to thank Rob Passage for giving me the opportunity to lead our teams forward."
Prior to joining the athletic staff at Willamette for the 2015-16 academic year, Summers served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University and was an assistant site coach for the Portland Athletic Club.
He attended college and swam at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 2005 to 2009. Summers was the team captain for his junior and senior years, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for three years, and was honored multiple times for academic achievement. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management and Protection in 2010.
Summers began coaching in 2009 at the San Luis Obispo Swim Club following the completion of his collegiate swimming career. In 2010, he moved to Long Beach and started coaching at Long Beach Swim Club. Summers also spent time as an assistant coach for the Wilson Classical High School girls' swimming team.
In 2012, Summers moved to Portland, Oregon, to pursue a master's degree in Environmental Management at Portland State which he completed in June of 2014. Summers has coached for the Portland Aquatic Club at the Southwest Community Center. He also has taught swimming lessons at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
"Having been the assistant coach at Willamette for the past three years I understand the type of culture we have here and I have been able to build relationships with our swimmers," Summers said. "I'm fully committed to continuing to build upon, and strengthen, the culture and success of Willamette Swimming and I'm excited for next season with our incoming class and our returning swimmers."
Summers replaces former Head Coach Leslie Shevlin, who is now Willamette's associate athletics director and senior woman administrator.
"Brent has done an outstanding job in our department and across campus during his time as an assistant coach," Passage said. "His relationship with our current student-athletes and knowledge about Willamette University and our swimming program should make for a smooth transition into this new role. We are excited to see him continue to build upon the strong foundation set in place by Coach Shevlin.
The three years as an assistant coach at Willamette have given Summers the confidence to take on new responsibilities as the head coach.
"I would like to thank Leslie for the past three years," Summers said. "She, along with the team, has helped me grow as a coach and individual and because of her leadership and mentoring I feel prepared to step into this role."
"I have all the confidence in the world that Coach Summers will continue to uphold the positive culture within which the swim team operates," Shevlin said. "I congratulate him on his new position and I am looking forward to seeing the program grow."