Brendan Keogh (coach)

Brendan Keogh (born 8 December 1970) in Penrith, New South Wales[1] is an Australian Paralympic swimming coach who has over 20 years of swimming coaching experience.[2] He has been an Australian coach at five successive Summer Paralympic Games - 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Brendan Keogh
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2012 Paralympic Team portrait of Brendan Keogh.
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born8 December 1970
Penrith, New South Wales
SportParalympic Swimming
TeamGenesis Christian College Aquatic Centre
RetiredFormally 2012

As of 2015, he is the lead coach of the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team along with Swimming Australia Paralympic performance manager Adam Pine. He was appointed head coach for the Australian Swim Team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[3]


Keogh's first encounter with coaching Paralympic swimmers was as the personal coach to Tamara Nowitzki, who won a silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney.

In 2002, he was appointed by the Australian Paralympic Committee as the head coach of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for the 2002 IPC Swimming World Championships in Mar del Plata. In 2003, Swimming Australia took over administrative control of Paralympic Swimming from the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Keogh was then from this point employed by Swimming Australia within a full-time position. In 2004, he was appointed head coach for the Australian Paralympic swim team for the 2004 Paralympic Games. He led the team as head coach to each subsequent major international championship till his retirement in 2012.

He retired formally from international coaching shortly after the London 2012 Summer Paralympics and took up a coaching position at Genesis Christian College's Aquatic Centre. In announcing his retirement as head coach of the Paralympic swim team saying, "it didn’t come easy." Keogh is quoted saying, "working with Paralympic athletes for more than a decade has truly been the highlight of my career and something that I will forever cherish.[4]"

Keogh came out of retirement to resume his international coaching career when appointed "Lead Coach" of the Australian teams at the 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships and 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. He continues his coaching position at Genesis Christian College's Aquatic Centre.[5]

In March 2015, Keogh with Glenn Beringen were appointed by Swimming Australia and Australian Commonwealth Games Association as coaches for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland to develop potential young athletes.[6]

Australian Swimming Coaching PositionsEdit


  1. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000.
  2. ^ "Swimming coaches". Genesis Aquatic Centre. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Swimming Australia Paralympic Squad Announcement". Swimming Australia News. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ Degun, Tom. "Keogh steps down as Swimming Australia head coach". Inside the Games. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ "A golden glow for Aussies in Berlin". Queensland Swimming News, 21 April 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Australia appoints swim coaches for Gold Coast 2018". Inside The Games. Retrieved 18 July 2015.