Brian Pursley spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State, where he helped guide both the men's and women's teams to top-25 finishes at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
During his time in Arizona, he also served as the Head Masters Coach for the Brophy Swim Club Masters, and was the Maroon Group Head Coach for the Sun Devil Aquatics Gold Medal Club from 2005-06.
"For the last couple of years at Arizona State, Brian has worked with head coach Mike Chasson, who was a former assistant of mine at Stanford," said head coach Richard Quick. "Brian is a superstar in the making, and I believe that he will be a huge asset to Auburn swimming and diving."
Brian Pursley started his coaching career as the Head Age Group Coach for the Brophy East Swim Team in the summer of 2004 before serving as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina State during the 2004-05 season.
"Brian Pursley is a blossoming, young coach who is already having an impact on our program here at Auburn," said Quick. "He has brought a lot of wisdom and intuition with regard to what we should be doing as a team. He really has a special feel for what kind of a team feel the group needs and has brought that to the attention of the staff and it has worked out phenomenally well for the athletes."
Prior to coaching at North Carolina State, he was a two-year swimmer for the Wolfpack, serving as team captain during the 2003-04 season. He is currently ranked in the top-five all-time at N.C. State in the 100 breast (55.47) and the 200 breast (2:01.18). For his efforts during the 2003 season, Pursley was awarded the Willis Casey Coaches'Award for exhibiting excellent work ethic, dedication and team spirit.
He was also awarded the Don Easterling "Chime" Award in 2003 for the most outstanding performance of the year. In 2004, he was given the Pat Gavaghan Hardest Worker.
He received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina State in business management before earning a master's degree in recreation management from Arizona State.
Pursley was a two-year letterwinner for the swim team at the Colorado School of Mines before transferring to N.C. State.
He was the NCAA Division II national champion in the 100 breast while at the Colorado School of Mines, and was a two-time Central States Conference champion in that event.
He still holds the individual records at the Colorado School of Mines in the 100 breast (55.94) and 200 breast (2:02.07). Pursley also swam on the school-recrd 400 medley, 200 free, 400 free and 800 free relay teams.
Brian is the oldest son of Auburn's new director of swimming and diving operations, Dennis Pursley. The two are definitely part of a swimming family as Brian's younger sister, Lisa, was a swimmer at Arizona. His younger brother, David, is is a former swimmer for the Wildcats.