The Cougars home pool is the Richards Building Pool on BYU's campus. One of the finest facilities in the nation when it was completed in 1971, this building was named for Stephen L. Richards. Besides being a proponent of physical education and good sportsmanship, Richards served on the BYU Board of Trustees, as assistant commissioner of Church education and as a counselor in the First Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The facility includes three Olympic-size heated swimming pools, which serve as the home for BYU's men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Pool facilities include aluminum diving boards, under-water lighting, observation and photography windows, permanent racing lanes and equipment for beginning swimmers and family groups.
John Brooks joined the BYU coaching staff during the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach and was named the head coach following the retirement of Tim Powers following the 2012 season.
A talented young coach and strong recruiter, Brooks' expertise as a coach has landed him coveted invitations to work with world-class athletes at Georgia and Alabama. Brooks also spent a summer helping with the Stanford swim camps. A 2003 economics graduate and swimming letterwinner at the University of Utah, Brooks served as a volunteer coach at his alma mater in 2005-06, where he coached the sprint and stroke groups. With Brooks on the staff, the Ute women's squad won the Mountain West Conference regular season and championship meet trophies, while the men's team placed 23rd at the NCAA Championships.
BYU has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center with nearly 10,000 feet of working space that ranks among the best in the nation. It features 106 stations to accommodate both female and male athletes.
BYU's strength and conditioning staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists. The staff has experienced excellent results through its computer-analyzed combination of a strict weight and conditioning program, a carefully planned diet and sufficient rest.
Brigham Young University, the largest private university in the nation, has an outstanding academic reputation and a high commitment to athletics.
BYU has a high commitment to graduation, with a full-time Academic Advisement staff, mentor and tutor programs, and is a member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.
Many of BYU's student athletic competitions are broadcast on BYU Television, which is available in 17 million homes nationwide via Dish Network and DirectTV and on cable in Northern Utah, Arizona and Nevada. The network is expanding throughout the world, gaining viewers in England, Europe, and Latin America.