Missouri State Swimming & Diving Finalizes Staff for 2013-14 Season
Sep 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State swimming and diving head coach Dave Collins has finalized his staff for the upcoming 2013-14 season with the promotion of Chelsea Dirks-Ham to assistant coach and the addition of volunteer assistant Justin Brosseau.
Dirks-Ham has spent the last two seasons as graduate assistant and volunteer assistant coach, respectively. Dirks-Ham will continue to play an integral role in the Bears' recruiting efforts and work with the men's and women's stroke groups.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to continue to contribute to the success of both the men's and women's programs at Missouri State," Dirks-Ham said. "I have been fortunate to have great experiences at MSU as both an athlete and a grad assistant. Now, as a full-time coach I am eager to share those experiences and impact the student-athletes in a positive way."
In her time as a graduate assistant coach, Missouri State continued its prominence in the stroke events at the MVC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Bears have owned the medley relays, extending their streak to 10 straight victories in the 200 medley, while they have won eight of the past nine 400 medley relays. In 2012-13, Missouri State compiled five NCAA consideration times along with seven individual conference titles. Last year alone, the women set new varsity records in six stroke events, in addition to five Valley championship records.
On the men's side, Dirks-Ham was involved with the successful postseason run by sophomore Paul Le. The 2012-13 campaign ended on a high note with Le becoming the Bears' first NCAA qualifier since 2005. Le also became the first swimmer in school history to score points at the NCAA Championships with a top-16 finish in the 200 back to earn Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
She remains one of the most dominant and decorated swimmers in Missouri State history as a four-time All-MVC first-team selection and 13 total gold medals. Brousseau comes to MSU after five seasons as an assistant with the women's program at Boise State. A 2007 Missouri State graduate, he was promoted to associate head coach at BSU before the 2012-13 season.
"I am thrilled to be back by family and friends in Springfield, and I am truly excited to be part of the Missouri State Bears," said Brosseau," Coach Collins and his staff have created an amazing atmosphere at MSU, and the student-athletes here are some of the most focused and professional I have come across. This program is quickly becoming one of the strongest mid-majors in the country, and I hope I can help that rise continue."
He helped the Broncos to three consecutive conference championships from 2010-12 - two straight in the Western Athletic Conference and another in the team's first season in the Mountain West Conference. Under Brousseau's tutelage, Boise State sent swimmers to the NCAA Championships in each of the last three seasons.
In 2012, the Broncos became the first team in Mountain West history to qualify a relay for the NCAA meet, as the 200-yard freestyle finished 16th. Brosseau also coached five BSU student-athletes at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Before Boise State, Brosseau was a volunteer assistant coach at Division II power Drury in 2008, a season which the Panther men's team won the national title and the women program finished second. He was also an assistant age group coach with Springfield Aquatics from 2005-08.
Brosseau, originally from Rogersville Mo., graduated from Missouri State in 2007 with a degree in English literature. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree from MSU Competitively, he swam and lettered at Truman State from 2001-04.
"Having the ability to increase our staff with two very established coaches in Chelsea and Justin is a tremendous opportunity for our entire program," said Collins. "The knowledge and experience they will bring to the pool deck each day is going to improve our environment overnight. Chelsea will continue to work with the stroke groups and take on an increased role in recruiting, while Justin will bring a wealth of knowledge from a Boise State program that has produced NCAA qualifiers the last three years."
The Bears, who return 25 women and 19 men from last season, open the season Oct. 4 at the annual Show-Me Showdown meet in Columbia, Mo.