Wildcats' assistant named first head coach in BU history
John Brucato is in his 14th season with the UK swimming program. Brucato works primarily with the distance group and breaststrokers.
One of Brucato's long-time athletes Elaine Breeden appeared in the Olympic Games for the USA in both butterfly events in 2008.
Brucato came to UK via the USS club team Wildcat Aquatics in Lexington. Brucato joined WA in the spring of 1990 and has established himself as a leader in the Kentucky swim coaching community.
During his tenure with WA, Brucato produced numerous top-16 qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, Junior National Champions, Senior National qualifiers, and an Olympic Gold Medalist. He is a former Kentucky Swimming Coach of the Year, in addition to being a Select Camp coach and an Olympic Festival coach.
In 1992, Brucato coached Megan Kleine to a gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games as part of the United States' 400-meter medley relay. Kleine, who swam for six years under Brucato at WA, won Senior Nationals twice in the 100-meter breaststroke. Kleine went on to swim at the University of Texas at Austin.
A native of Covington, Ky., Brucato began his coaching career at the Covington YMCA and then spent two years with the Covington Clippers swim team. He spent five years at the Nashville Aquatic Club, from 1985-90, as head age group coach.
Brucato is a 1985 graduate of Northern Kentucky University where he received a degree in psychology. He lives in Lexington with his wife Jan, and their daughter, Katie, is a senior at Bellermine University.