Ohio State to Add New Mexico Head Coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker to Staff

University of New Mexico head coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker will head to Ohio State. She will fill the role left by Jordan Wolfrum, who became the head coach at UCLA. Tierney-Walker told her team of the move this week, but no official announcement is out yet regarding her exact title with the Buckeyes.

Tierney-Walker has a robust head coaching résumé and just wrapped up her third season at the helm of the women-only New Mexico program. Last season, the Lobos had their highest conference finish in program history, taking fourth at the Mountain West Championships. Prior to her time in Albuquerque, Tierney-Walker was the head coach of Arizona State’s combined-gender program for six seasons (2009-2015). Before that, she was the co-head women’s coach at Auburn University for four years.

Before Auburn, Tierney-Walker was the women’s head coach at Indiana for seven seasons, where she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002. On the international level, she has twice been an assistant on the United States’ World University Games staff.

As a swimmer herself, Tierney-Walker competed collegiately for the University of Texas, where she was a part of back-to-back national championship teams in 1990 and 1991. She was also a finalist at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials

She joins an Ohio State program that finished third in both the men’s and women’s meets at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeye women have the most returning points in the Big Ten from last season to next.

Tierney-Walker’s vacated position at New Mexico now marks the 26th Division I head coaching spot to open up in 2019.

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Mark R Minier
2 years ago

Great Hire

MuddyWaters
2 years ago

Great hire! #BUCKEYESONTHEMOVE!

Swimmer A
2 years ago

Nice

Scoobdude
2 years ago

Honestly, my heart goes out to these swimmers that are about to get wrecked by DTW. Let’s hope she doesn’t ruin yet another program and team.

NM Coach
Reply to  Scoobdude
2 years ago

She didn’t “ruin” New Mexico! She actually did a great job! She brought in a great class for this upcoming year.

Coach A
Reply to  NM Coach
2 years ago

Most of that credit probably deserves to go to Matt Benedict for his recruiting efforts

Scoobdude
Reply to  NM Coach
2 years ago

She didn’t ruin the program, but she definitely ruined quite a few swimmers. Bringing in a great class was all thanks to Matt Benedict.

NM Coach
Reply to  Scoobdude
2 years ago

No doubt that Matt has done a great job recruiting! However, many college programs could have their coaches with that same label of ruining some swimmers.

Country Oldtimer
2 years ago

Outstanding hire for Ohio State. Dorsey is a proven winner.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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