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Brooks will lead NCAC as Quinn goes full-time at UNC

NCAC head coach Michael Brooks, formerly the highly successful head coach of the York (Pa.) YMCA team.
NCAC head coach Michael Brooks, formerly the highly successful head coach of the York (Pa.) YMCA team. Amazon.com

Michael Brooks of York, Pa., is the new head coach of the North Carolina Aquatic Club, the NCAC has announced.

Brooks takes over for former NCAC head coach Sean Quinn, who led the Koury-based club 2010-16 before being named a full-time assistant swimming coach position at UNC.

Brooks has been the head coach of the York YMCA swimming team in York, Pa., since October 2006. In that time, York swimmers have raced to 50 plus YMCA national titles and over two hundred national top-16 and top-10 rankings. Four of his swimmers have been named to U.S. Swimming’s National Junior Team and two to the U.S. National Team. The York YMCA girls’ squad won the 2016 team title at the YMCA national championships.

Last year, Brooks served as the U.S. head coach at the FINA Swimming World Cup.

“We are eager for Michael to begin once he has completed his duties with York in early August,” said NCAC President Rich DeSelm, who’s also the head coach at UNC. “Once settled into his position with NCAC, we also expect to have Michael help as a part-time assistant coach with the UNC team, as previous NCAC coach Sean Quinn did.”

Quinn, the 2015 North Carolina Swimming Coach of the Year, was promoted to the position of full-time assistant swimming coach at UNC on July 19.

Quinn was a three-time All-American as a varsity swimmer at UNC and set records in 200-yard breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke.

He worked seven years as a part-time assistant coach for the Carolina swimming program following six years in which he served as one of the program’s volunteer coaches. He served as a staff coach for the NCAC from 2003 to 2010 when he was named the club’s head coach.

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