Sept. 15, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State swimming and diving head coach Jeremy Kipp announced Friday the addition of former USC All-American Meghan Hawthorne to the Bronco staff as assistant coach.
"When I thought about an inspirational woman to help lead our women's program, Meghan Hawthorne was a natural fit. As an athlete, Meghan was committed and worked herself into the world class strata of athletics," Kipp said. "Meghan is proof positive that a strong will and positive attitude are more valuable than any level of talent. As a recruiter, Meghan is outgoing and her energetic personality is contagious and I expect our recruits to immediately connect with her. She is a natural-born coach and I am ecstatic to be getting in on the ground floor of her collegiate coaching career."
Hawthorne graduated from USC in 2014 as a two-time All-American in the 200 IM (2012-13) and two-time All-America honorable mention in the 400 IM (2012-13). She was also a seven-time finalist at the Pac-10, then Pac-12, Championships, topping out with fourth-place efforts in the 400 IM in 2012 and 2013.
USC finished in the top six of the NCAA team standings in each of her four years in Troy, with consecutive third-place finishes from 2011-12.
Hawthorne was a USA Swimming National Team member from 2012-14, and in 2012 she reached the final of the 400 IM at the U.S. Olympic Trials but finished sixth, just missing a spot in London. She would go on to earn a silver medal in the same event for the U.S. at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Since 2009 Hawthorne has served as a coach with Rattler Swim Club in San Fernando, Calif., and swam for the club from 2001-14. As a coach, she worked with young swimmers from ages 7-18 on technique work and endurance training. She also served as the assistant coach for the swim team at Viewpoint School in Calabasas.