Brandt Nigro enters his first season as assistant coach with UMBC Swimming and Diving and head senior coach of the Retriever Aquatic Club.
“We are excited to have Brandt join our program. He brings a great deal of experience to the deck which will help us continue to grow and improve,” said Cradock.
In addition to Cheshire, Nigro was Head Coach of the Brookfield High School Girls Swim & Dive Team from 2009 to 2013. During this time, he helped lead the team to its most successful seasons in school history. In 2012, he coached the team to its’ first-ever South West Conference Title. He also led the team to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Class M State Finals in 2012 & 2013. Over the years, his swimmers earned numerous All-American, All-State, and All-Conference Honors, as well as set multiple state, conference, and school records.
He has experience in collegiate swimming and diving, having been a volunteer assistant coach with Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At Wesleyan, Nigro assisted with team practices and dryland sessions; he primarily worked with the sprint group. Moreover, in 2010 he worked at the University of Southern California Swim Camp with Olympic Coach, Dave Salo. In 2014, he was invited by USA Swimming to serve as assistant coach at the Eastern Zone Select Camp.
“Brandt is exactly who we need in our program. I know our team will respond well to him and look forward to our future,” Cradock said.
A Bristol, CT native, Nigro graduated with honors from the College of Charleston in 2005. At Charleston, he helped his team to a Southern States Conference Championship. Nigro was also named to multiple All-Conference and All-Academic Teams. In 2009, he graduated from the University of Hartford with a Master’s Degree and 6th Year Certificate in School Psychology. Prior to UMBC, he worked as a state and nationally certified School Psychologist in Connecticut.