SEATTLE –- Seattle University has named Craig Nisgor, an assistant coach at Brown University for the past four years, the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams, effective Friday.

Nisgor joined Brown’s coaching staff in July 2007 as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped coach Brown’s first Academic All-American in program history as well as three qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the last four years, the Bears set 28 school records and established 25 percent of the all-time top-10 times.

“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen as the head coach for the Seattle University men's and women's swimming program," Nisgor said. "I would like to thank Athletic Director Bill Hogan, Associate Athletic Director Eric Guerra, and all of the members of the search committee for this great opportunity.

"Seattle University has a rich tradition of swimming history and I look forward to continuing to lead the team to success at the Division I level in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the Western Athletic Conference. Above all, I am looking forward to helping my student-athletes reach the highest level of excellence both academically and athletically," Nisgor said.

Nisgor came to Brown from the University of Alabama, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. While at Alabama, he experienced a great deal of success, helping coach a two-time NCAA 200 breaststroke champion, the 200 breaststroke world champion in 2006 and 22 All-Americans.

From 2000-2003, Nisgor was the top assistant coach at Davidson College, helping the Wildcats establish 19 new school records and post 40 percent of the school's top-10 performances. Nisgor has also spent time as an assistant coach at American University (2000), Virginia (1999), Ball State (1996-98) and the University of Buffalo (1995-96).

Seattle men’s and women’s swim teams will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) during the 2011-12 academic year. The school, in conjunction with the Seattle Sports Commission, will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 22-24 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.