About Coach Brent and Erin

Brent and Erin with their two children

Coach Brent:

Brent Garriepy grew up in Attleboro, MA. He began swimming when he was 14 years old starting with the Attleboro High School Swim Team. Brent’s love for swimming pushed him to join his club team, the Attleboro Bluefish, and commit to swimming full time. His talents took him to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he was a captain of their squad. After the Academy, Brent became a High School math teacher and started coaching at both a YMCA as well as a nearby high school. He spent four years coaching both club and high school before moving down to Connecticut and to take over the University Aquatic Club as Head Coach. In 2006, Brent took a college position at Rider University in New Jersey prior to moving out to sunny California. He was very fortunate to spend a short time coaching with the Mission Viejo Nadadores. A few years later, Brent took a position with the Long Beach Grunions, a masters team.  In the two years he spent coaching that team, the Grunions were able to secure a first place in the medium team category at IGLA. With a move down to San Diego, Brent was fortunate to meet Di and Dan and come on board Pacific Swim teaching the swimmers P90X and coaching a few days a week. Brent has coached all levels of swimming over the course of 20 years. His goal is to broaden each swimmer’s knowledge of the sport and of themselves. He is a master of trying new things and bringing his success in the classroom to each pool deck he is on.

Coach Erin:

Erin (Howarth) Garriepy grew up in Shrewsbury, MA. She began swimming at 4 years old because she wanted a matching bathing suit and cap for herself and her cabbage patch kid! She became very serious in her middle school-high school years swimming for the Greenwood Memorial Swim Club which started to put her on the national map.  She attended the University of Texas, at Austin where she became a 3-time Collegiate All American, she is a Junior National Champion, a Senior National finalist, and swam in the 2000 Olympic Trials. Post college, Erin took her years of swimming experience to the pool deck and took a job at the University of Connecticut coaching the men’s and women’s team from 2002-05. During her time there, she taught beginning swimming to the undergraduate students and coaching the age group program, University Aquatic Club.  In the summer of 2006, she took a coaching position at Rutgers University coaching both the Men’s and Women’s teams as well. Erin currently works in the industry on the manufacturing side of the business. Erin has coached every ability level and every age group.  She has a true love for the sport and it has always been a part of her life.