Veteran coach Alex Braunfeld is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Georgia after decades of success at the collegiate and club levels.
Braunfeld spent 2008 at Florida State coaching the distance swimmers and guiding two student-athletes to All-America honors as well as one to the United States National Team. In 2007, he was an assistant with Bucknell and helped the women to a second-place finish and the men to a third-place showing in the Patriot League.
Prior to joining Bucknell, he served as a coach for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta. As a coach for Dynamo from 1997-2005, Braunfeld coached five swimmers to the USA National Junior team in a four-year stretch and helped three others earn spots on the USA Pan Am Games team and the USA Goodwill Games squad. Braunfeld also coached Dynamo from 1988-1991 and led the team to a Women's USA Senior National Championship and a combined USA Team Championship runner-up performance. He also guided Dynamo to three top five USA Senior National finishes.
From 1992-97, Braunfeld was an assistant for the Michigan men's swimming team and oversaw recruiting as well as weight and dry land training for the Wolverines. Braunfeld helped the Wolverines to four top-3 finishes at the NCAA Championships highlighted by a national title in 1995. The following year, he helped place six Michigan swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.
Prior to Braunfeld's first stint with Dynamo, he was the head coach for the Dayton Raiders, a club team in Dayton, Ohio, from 1981-87. While coaching the Raiders, Braunfeld also was an assistant with the men's and women's swimming programs at Wright State. Braunfeld saw two or more of his swimmers compete at Senior Nationals and helped several others achieve Junior Nationals qualifying times. Wright State finished in the top five at the Division II National Championship each year Braunfeld was with the program.
He also has extensive experience coaching five USA National Junior teams (1984, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2004), two USA World University Games teams (1997 and 1999), a USA Pan Pacific Games squad in 1995, and two USA Swimming distance camps (1989 and 1990).
Braunfeld graduated from Pittsburgh in 1973 and was a letterman for the Panthers' swimming team.