Donny Brush is in his ninth season at Indiana and his first as associate head coach for men's and women's swimming. He spent the previous four seasons as assistant head coach for the coordination of training and student athlete development.
Brush will work as the lead coach for the women's team, focusing his efforts with the middle distance group. Brush previously concentrated his efforts on the sprint group, which posted five school records during the 2012-13 campaign.
In 2012-13 under the direction of Brush, the IU men set new school records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. The Hoosier men finished second at the 2013 Big Ten Championships and posted a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish for the Hoosiers since 1980.
On the women's side a total of four school records fell in 2012-13 as the squad placed second at the Big Ten Championships and 11th at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
With Brush's guidance the Hoosier women won their third-straight Big Ten title in 2010-11, taking the crown in their home pool. The Hoosiers took home four individual and relay Big Ten titles and went on to earn a total of 21 All-American certificates at the NCAA Championships.
In 2009-10, Brush was part of a staff that saw the women's program win its second-straight Big Ten Championship title and third in the last four years. Kate Fesenko became the first IU female swimmer to win an NCAA individual title when she smashed the school and Big Ten record in the 200-yard backstroke. In addtion, Taylor Wohrley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. On the men's side, Aaron Opell won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke and went on to earn All-America honors in the event. Sprinter Bryan Chovanec was a runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle at Big Tens.
Concentrating on the IU sprinters, in 2008-09, Brush saw his charges topple school records in the men's 50 free and 100 free (Matt Lenton), place second in the 100 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships and earn All-America honors (Eric Ress).
Nowhere was Brush's influence more obvious than in the performance of Ben Hesen. Hesen capped off his three seasons under Brush with an NCAA title in the 100 back in 2008, IU's first individual NCAA swimming champion since 1976. Hesen's winning time of 44.72 was a new school record and the second-fastest time in NCAA history. Hesen also set a new Indiana mark in the 100 butterfly and 200 back, and captured Big Ten titles in all three events. He was named the 2008 IU Male Athlete of the Year and is ranked 12th in the world in the 100-meter backstroke. At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials he set a new American record in the 50-meter back.
In 2006, Hesen showed the most noticeable improvement under Brush's tutelage, moving from a 31st-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2005 NCAA Championships to a fourth-place showing in 2006.
In 2007, Hesen made his presence known on the international level, finishing third in the 100-meter backstroke at the ConocoPhillips National Championships with a school-record time of 54.40. Along with that went a second-place finish in the 100-yard back at the 2007 NCAA Championships and the Big Ten title in the same event.
Todd Patrick also competed at the international level in the summer of 2007, picking up a silver medal in the 200-meter IM at the Japan International Swim Meet. He touched the wall in 2:00.59, setting a new school mark. Patrick set a new school mark in the 200-yard IM at the 2008 Big Ten Championships and went on to earn All-America honors with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He set new IU records in the 200 fly and 50 free, and is ranked 17th in the world in the 200 IM. Both medley relay squads earned All-America status under Brush's watch for the third-straight year in 2008, taking fifth in the 200-yard medley in school-record time, and 10th in the 400.
Brush served as a member of the New Zealand coaching staff at the 2008 World Youth Games, where IU's Kurt Bassett set a new meet record in winning the 200 back. In all, the New Zealand squad produced five gold medals and meet records.
On the women's side, Brush has guided the development of 2008 Olympian and All-American Kate Fesenko. In her first season at IU, Fesenko assaulted the record book with new marks in the 100-yard back, 200-yard back. 100-yard butterfly, 100-meter back, 200-meter back and 100-meter butterfly. She won Big Ten titles in the 100 back and 200 back and finished third and second, respectively, in both events at the NCAA meet.
Brush helped the Hoosiers eclipse seven school records en route to the 2007 Big Ten Championship. Leading the charge was 2007 IU Female Athlete of the Year Leila Vaziri who was victorious in the 100-yard back at the Big Ten meet and went on to finish third at the NCAA Championships.
Brush was involved with the technique and power training of Vaziri, who took the swimming world by storm at the 2007 World Championships with a world record in the 50-meter backstroke.
Presley Bard won the 200-yard back title at the Big Ten meet and went on to finish ninth at the NCAA Championships. Sarah Stockwell set the new Indiana standard in the 100 breast at the NCAA Championships, while Amilee Smith accomplished the same feat in the 200 breast.
During his initial season as a Hoosier, Brush also served as an assistant coach for the Ukrainian National Team at the European Championships.
Prior to coming to IU, Brush served as an assistant swimming coach for Longhorn Aquatics in Austin, Texas, from 2004 to 2005. During his time in the Lone Star State, Longhorn was recognized by USA Swimming as the top Gold Medal Club in the nation. Additionally, Longhorn Aquatics won the 2004 ConocoPhillips Spring National team and women's national championships as well as the ConocoPhillips Summer National team, women's, men's and U-18 national titles. Meanwhile, seven Longhorn Aquatics swimmers earned berths on the 2005 World Championship Team for the United States. In 2004, Brush assisted in placing 11 other swimmers on both the Olympic roster as well as the World Short Course Championship team. Overall, 49 athletes qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials during his tenure.
Previously, Brush operated as the Head Age-Group and Senior Assistant Coach for the Carmel Swim Club from 2002 to 2004. At Carmel, he recruited to rebuild and revitalize the age group swimming program for the private swim club. His charges at the Carmel Swim Club captured the Indiana Long Course Age Group State Championship in 2002 and the 2003 Short Course Senior State title. Under his tutelage, the squad received national recognition as the top USA Swimming Silver Medal Club. During his two years at Carmel, the Greyhounds claimed both the men's and women's Indiana High School State crowns. Prior to his time at Carmel, Brush served as the head swimming coach and CEO of the Newburgh Sea Creatures from 2000 to 2002.
Brush began his head coaching career in Terre Haute, Ind., where he served as the co-head coach for the Terre Haute Aquatic Club from 1993 to 1996, head swimming coach at Terre Haute South Vigo from 1996 to 1997 and head swimming coach for the Terre Haute Torpedoes from 1997 to 2000. The Torpedoes garnered six consecutive Central Indiana State Conference Championships during that time.
The Terre Haute native graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from Indiana State University in 2001 and also received his master's in sport psychology from Indiana State.