July 24, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State Swimming and Diving coach Neil Harper announced Tuesday July 24 that Alex Braunfeld has joined the Seminole coaching staff as an assistant.
“I’m excited, I think that it really completes our staff,” said Harper. “We’ve got one of the youngest, vibrant, experienced coaching staffs in the country. This more than compliments what we already have.”
Braunfeld joins the Seminole staff after spending last season as an assistant with Bucknell and helping the Bison to a third-place finish in the Patriot League.
“Neil just called and I thought about it for a little bit but it didn’t take too long,” said Braunfeld. “I’m really interested in working with the athletes they have down there. I bring some experience at a high level, collegiately and internationally. The more experience you have the better, the more confident the kids are going to be.
Braunfeld has enjoyed success on every level. Prior to joining Bucknell, he served as head coach of the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta, Ga. As headman for the Dynamo from 1997-2005, Braunfeld coached five swimmers to the USA National Junior team and helped two others earn spots on the USA Pan Am Games team and the USA Goodwill Games squad.
From 1992-97, Braunfeld served as an assistant for the Michigan men’s swimming team and oversaw recruiting and weight and dry land training for the Wolverines. While at Michigan, Braunfeld helped the Wolverines to four top three finishes at the NCAA Championships highlighted by a National Title in 1995. The following year he helped place six Michigan swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.
Prior to Braunfeld’s first stint with the Dynamo from 1988-1991, he was the head coach for the Dayton Raiders, a club team in Dayton, Ohio, from 1981-1987. While coaching the Raiders, Braunfeld was also an assistant with the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Wright State Braunfeld saw two or more of his swimmers compete at senior nationals during his seven years with the Raiders and helped several others achieve junior national qualifying times. Wright State finished in the top five at the Division II National Championships every year Braunfeld was with the program.
Braunfeld graduated from the of Pittsburgh in 1973 and was a letterman for the Panthers’ swimming team. He also has extensive experience coaching five USA National Junior teams (1984, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2004), two USA World University Games teams (1997 and 1999), a USA Pan Pacific Games squad in 1995 and two USA Swimming distance camps (1989 and 1990).