<p>Brad Burnham was named the second coach in the history of Bowdoin swimming and diving in 2000. Previously at UCLA, Burnham has guided the Polar Bears to numerous outstanding seasons and several All-American honors in one of the most competitive conferences in Division III swimming.</p><br />
<p>Burnham was involved in all aspects of running a Division I swim program while at UCLA. He assisted in technique development and race strategy while also overseeing daily workouts, overall season planning, budgeting and recruiting. During his six years at UCLA, Burnham helped the Bruins finish no worse than 16th place at the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. During his time at UCLA, Burnham worked with over 40 All-Americans.</p><br />
<p>Before joining UCLA, Burnham received his Master's in Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University. While earning his degree, Burnham also worked as a graduate assistant swim coach and a graduate teaching assistant in his field. During the summer, Burnham worked at the prestigious Stanford Swim Camp as a counselor and coach. </p><br />
<p>During his coaching career, Burnham has worked with two Olympic swimmers. While at Colorado State, he helped train Amy Van Dyken, who earned four gold medals at the 1996 games in Atlanta. At UCLA, he worked with Annette Salmeen, who also won a gold medal at Atlanta.</p><br />
<p>Burnham graduated from the University of Maine in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and Health Fitness. A Dean's List student, Burnham was the captain of the Black Bears' swim team his senior year.</p>
Kelsey Willard joined the Polar Bears as the diving coach for the '14/'15 season. In 2009 Kelsey graduated from Bates College, finishing up her career as an eight time NCAA Division III All-American diver. Kelsey won the NESCAC conference titles on both boards as a senior in 2009, as well as earning Diver of the Year awards and senior high point diver. She also earned 7 NESCAC All-Conference awards. Kelsey currently still holds records for Bates on both the 1m and 3m boards.
Kelsey grew up in Brunswick, Maine and began diving with former Bowdoin coach, Harvey Wheeler in 2002. Kelsey's rapid improvement led to her Maine State Class A title in 2005, as well as KVAC Conference titles in 2004 and 2005. Kelsey also had several strong finishes in the club diving arenas around New England as a participant in both AAU and USA Diving sanctioned events.
Since beginning her coaching career, Kelsey has been awarded the NESCAC Women's Diving Coach of the Year award in 2016 and 2017. Kelsey has coached several Polar Bears to top NESCAC finishes, as well as to the NCAA Diving Regional Championships. Kelsey has also coached All-American Mitchell Ryan '19 to the NCAA DIII National Championships in 2016 and 2017.
“I believe that our foundations are what make us great. We will focus on solid mechanics so that we can quickly improve your dive lists to be competitive. We will work to build a solid foundation upon which you can hit big and miss small.”
Cathleen Pruden has joined the Bowdoin College Athletic Department as assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams in the summer of 2016. A Division III All-American in the pool and CoSIDA Academic All-American in the classroom, Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Pruden was a four-year member of the Lyons swimming and diving program where she was a nine-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree in multiple events and four-time NCAA All-America honoree. Pruden was a two-time NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year and the league's 2013 Rookie of the Year. She was the team captain her senior season and also served as chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee in her junior year.
She comes to Bowdoin with previous coaching experience, having served as the head coach for the Durant Trails Typhoons Swim Team during the last three summers, coaching 100 swimmers ages 4-18.
Pruden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke with a degree in Psychology & Education.