Brian Schrader Swim Camp

University of Denver

Denver, CO


El Pomar Natatorium is one of the premier aquatic facilities in the Western United States. With over 800,000 gallons of water, four diving boards, hundreds of configurations, and a state-of-the-art timing system,  this is the place to be for all your aquatics.

About Our Coaches

Brian Schrader

Pioneers' men's and women's swimming and diving program head coach, Brian Schrader will direct this camp. Building upon the long-time traditions of excellence in competition and academics Coach Schrader has helped the women Pioneers to two consecutive SBC titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, after two second-place finishes (2008-09 and 2009-10) and two third place finishes (2006-07 and 2007-08). Schrader also received his first-ever women's SBC Coach of the Year honors for the 2010-11 season. Under Schrader's direction, the Pioneer women's team has broken 46 school records and 16 SBC records, while also turning in one NCAA Automatic Qualifying time and 56 NCAA Standards.

The men's program has claimed three SBC Titles (2008-09, 2010-11 and 2011-12) as well as three second place finishes (2006-07, 2007-08 and 2009-10). Schrader has also been named SBC Coach of the Year four times (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12). Under Schrader's direction, the Pioneer men's team has broken 47 school records and 17 SBC records, while also turning in 73 NCAA Standards.

Prior to coming to Denver, Schrader had a very successful five-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. During his five-year tenure at Georgia, Schrader helped the women's program to the 2005 NCAA National Championship and four national runner-up finishes. He also helped the men's program to four national top-10 finishes. In total he spent six years of coaching in the prestigious Southeastern Conference (he spent the 1999-2000 season at the Florida) and one year in the Big Ten Conference at Iowa (1999-2000).

Schrader was USA Swimming's National Team Coordinator from 1995-99. While at USA Swimming, he was in charge of team selection for all of USA Swimming's International and National Events; Technical Logistics and Team Preparation; Budget Development and Maintenance for all National Team Programs; Elite Athlete financial assistance; and Life Skills programs. He also served as a liaison to the United States Olympic Committee and was on USA Swimming's technical planning team. Schrader is one of a very few coaches to have been part of National Championship Teams for Men (Texas, 1991) and Women (Georgia, 2005)

In 2001, Schrader received the Glenn S. Hummer Award at the USA Swimming convention. The honor is given to a person for outstanding committee service and the advancement of Open Water swimming in the United States.

He has served as a U.S. Team staff member on several international appointments while working at USA Swimming, including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 1997 World University Games in Italy, the 1998 World Championships in Australia and the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His international travels continued while a member of the Georgia staff, as he was a member of the U.S. staff for the 2001 World Championships in Japan and the 2003 Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic. Schrader also served as coach for the National All-Star Distance Camp held at the Olympic Training Center in July of 2002.

Schrader served as a coach for the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He has qualified for the USA Swimming National Team Coaches Trip List and was one of three coaches selected to attend the U.S. Olympic Committee Coaches College.

Schrader is currently a member of the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association National Top 25 Poll, and a member of USA Swimming’s Olympic International Operations Committee. .

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Alicia Hicken-Franklin

Alicia Hicken-Franklin is in her 13th season with the Pioneers, spending seven season as Associate Head Coach after serving as an assistant coach with the program for five season. During her time with the Pioneers, Hicken-Franklin has helped lead the Pioneer men's swimming and diving team to three SBC titles (2008-09, 2010-11and 2011-12), and the women's swimming and diving team to two SBC titles, including the program's first in 2010-11 followed by a second in 2011-12.

Prior to coming to Denver, Hicken was an assistant coach at Washington State University from 1997-2000, where she helped guide the Cougars to over 25 school records.

Alicia was a four year letter winner at the University of Minnesota, where she was a six-time Big 10 Conference championship finalist in the 200, 500 & 1650-freestyle events. She also received the NCAA Academic All-American honorable mention award as a junior and senior.

Hicken was a finalist at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 1992 and was a Canadian National Finalist multiple times in the freestyle events.

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Reviews (2)

reviews-10 Melissa R. - Parent

Coach Schrader is able to coach student-athletes on the mental and emotional side of swimming, in addition to the technical and physiological pieces.

reviews-10 Henry D. - Camper

Coach Schrader saw a challenge in my weak breaststroke. He communicated techniques for me to use in the pool in a way i could understand. I saw immediate improvement.

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