Ohio University Declines to Renew Contract of Rachel Komisarz-Baugh

The Ohio University’s women’s swimming & diving team is back on the market for a new head coach after the school declined to renew the contract for head coach Rachel Komisarz-Baugh. A spokesperson for the university confirmed the news to SwimSwam on Thursday. Komisarz-Baugh spent 4 seasons as the head coach at Ohio after 5 seasons as an assistant at Louisville.

During Komisarz-Baugh’s tenure, the team never finished higher than 5th at the Mid-American Conference Championships. That includes a 7th-place finish out of 8 teams last month at the 2018 edition of the meet.

Ohio’s MAC Conference Championship finishes, Komisarz-Baugh era:

  • 2015 – 6th
  • 2016 – 6th
  • 2017 – 5th
  • 2018 – 7th

Ohio, who has participated in ever MAC Championship since 1981 when the NCAA began sponsoring women’s athletics, won 7 consecutive conference titles from 1989 through 1995. That’s a MAC record. Their 11 overall titles ranks 2nd in conference history, behind only Miami. The Bobcats finished in the top 2 in the conference in the 3 seasons before Komisarz-Baugh’s arrival, including a title in 2011. The 6th-and-7th place finishes were the team’s lowest since the conference’s first sponsored championship in 1981 where the Bobcats were 6th out of 9 teams.

Ohio swimmers won 5 All-MAC First Team awards during Komisarz-Baugh’s tenure, including 3-straight honors for junior butterflier Corrin van Lanen

In her previous stop, at Louisville, Komisarz-Baugh was responsible for the coaching of Kelsi Worrell, a 2016 Olympian who currently holds the American Record in 5 different butterfly events. Komisarz-Baugh herself was a 2004 U.S. Olympian, winning gold in the 800 free relay and silver as part of the 400 medley relay.

The school declined to expand upon their decision.


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Bobcat Nation

Man, it’s unfortunate that this happened to OU. They’ve had a rough few years. Komisarz-Baugh has proven to be a poor fit for the Bobcats as have her *multiple* assistant coaches. Or maybe they were a poor fit for Komisarz-Baugh??? Looking forward to brighter days for the Bobcats.


Praise the lahd!!


Classy is as classy does.

Unfortunately, the only consistency in Athens the last 4 years has been bottom 3 of the MAC. As a long time OU fan, I’ve seen many many championships. Its been a rough few years but I am looking forward to seeing the bobcats back on top which is now possible!

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