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Saline swim coach Todd Brunty receives national coach of the year award
Saline High School swimming and diving coach Todd Brunty (center) was presented with the NISCA coach of the year award on Thursday.
Such margins of victory have become commonplace for the swimming program under coach Todd Brunty.
What happened poolside during the meet's intermission, however, was anything but.
was presented with the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
coach of the year award.
signature squinty eyed smile, normally reserved for when his
swimmers receive accolades.
For once his
outward joy was for selfish reasons.
It's not why you do it, but it's nice," Brunty
"I've always driven myself to make sure (the swimmers) get the success, so it's nice to see that I get some recognition."
By being anything but selfish is how Brunty
has gotten to this point.
coached Dexter to a Class B-C-D state championship in 1999.
"With your brother as your assistant, you guys were basically the Harbaughs of Michigan high school swimming.
It was very awesome swimming for you guys."
While his former pupils honored Brunty, the current crop stood poolside, honoring their coach with an atypical round of applause, and following it up with their typical form of respect: dominating in the pool.
The junior class has known nothing but success, with state championships each of the past two years and a Class 3 public school (enrollment 1,401-1,900) NISCA national championship last season.
Brunty is also the coach of the girls team, which won state championships in 2009 and 2010 and was runner-up this season.
team have the lofty, yet realistic, goal of not just winning a third consecutive MHSAA Division 1 state championship, but to score more points than any state championship team in the country.
"It looks like we can be in the mix," Brunty
said, again flashing that squinty grin.