Abby Brethauer Replaces Nancy Bigelow

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Tufts University appointed Abby Brethauer as an associate head swimming coach. Prior to this, Abby worked at the University of Mary Washington for the past eight seasons. She worked as the head of the both men’s and women’s swimming programs. Abby Brethauer will replace Nancy Bigelow who worked for past 36 seasons at Tufts University.

The head coach of the Jumbo men’s and women’s teams, Adam Hoyt met Abby when he worked at Trinity College and Brethauer was at Hamilton College in 2000’s.

Adam Hoyt said, “I remember the energy and enthusiasm Abby possessed. Over the past 16 years, I’ve remained in contact with Abby and enjoyed seeing her succeed everywhere she has coached.” Further, Adam added, “Abby continues to carry that enthusiasm and energy to every program she joins, and along with it brings great coaching and team building experience.”

At Mary Washington, Abby Brethauer received six women’s Coach of the Year honor and four with the men’s team in the Capital Athletic Conference. From 2013-2018, she was the Athletic Department’s Community Service Coordinator as well as she served on the Presidential Task Force for Diversity & Inclusion.

Hoyt said, “I’m excited to have her bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program and have her work with me in every aspect of continuing to develop great student-athletes that can compete with the best in the country.”

Abby Brethauer said, “I am so humbled by the opportunity to join Tufts’ family, and to be part of an amazing academic institution with one of the greatest Athletic Departments in the country is overwhelming.”

Further, Brethauer added, “I cannot wait to work with Coach Hoyt daily and be part of the tradition of great coaches like Coach Megerle and Coach Bigelow who I have known and respected since my time as a swimmer.”

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