Ohio University Hires Mason Norman as New Head Coach

Ohio University has hired Mason Norman as the new head coach of its women’s swimming & diving program. He replaces Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, whose contract wasn’t renewed after 4 seasons as the program’s head coach.

Norman spent last season as associate head coach at the University of Kentucky, which followed 4 seasons as an assistant with the program. There, he worked with 4 U.S. National Team members, 2 USA World University Games team members, 4 SEC Champions, and an NCAA Champion. Kentucky had 3 swimmers finish as U.S. Olympic Trials finalists in 2016 while Norman was an assistant with the program. The Kentucky men didn’t score at the 2018 NCAA Championship meet, while the women finished 14th.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the program here at Ohio,” said Norman.  I would like to thank Mr. Schaus and Randee Duffy for their vision and trust in me throughout the process. I look forward to establishing a winning culture here at OHIO and becoming an elite program in the Mid-American Conference.”

Ohio University’s 11 MAC women’s swimming championships all-time ranks them 2nd behind only Miami in conference history. They won 7 straight from 1989 through 1995, which ties for a conference record. But Akron has dominated the conference of late, winning the last 4 titles, while Ohio’s last win came in 2011.

Under Komisarz-Baugh’s tenure, the team never finished higher than 5th, and last year were a program-low 7th out of 8 teams.

Norman’s Prior Coaching Stops:

  • 2017-2018 – Kentucky, associate head coach
  • 2013-2017 – Kentucky, assistant coach
  • 2012-2013 –  Utah, assistant coach
  • 2012 – Tennessee, interim men’s assistant coach
  • 2011-2012 – Tennessee, men’s graduate assistant

Norman earned his undergraduate degree from Wingate in 2010, and then completed a Master of Science in Teacher Education at Tennessee in 2012. As an athlete, he was an NCAA Division II All-American and National Champion and a team captain as both a junior and a senior.

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JP input is too short

Wow, every time I look somebody else that I swam against or with is getting a college coaching job somewhere… small world!


Is this guy related to Nick Norman of cal??

Big Dawg

Great Dude. I look forward to watching him succeed at Ohio University.

Congrats Mason

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