Brian Schrader joins Ohio State swim team – Ohio State Buckeyes

Columbus, Ohio- Director of Swimming and Diving Bill Dorenkott announced Friday the hiring of Brian Schrader to the Ohio State coaching staff. Schrader joins the Buckeyes as an assistant coach, bringing with him more than 30 years of bridge coaching experience from Ohio State.

“The breadth and depth of Brian’s coaching experience, from the club, NCAA, international and professional levels to ISL, is unmatched in the college landscape,” Dorenkott said. “We are fortunate to call Brian a Buckeye. Our young men and women will benefit from Brian’s experience and passion to deliver an incredible student-athlete experience.

Schrader has coached virtually every level of the sport, with his final stint of NCAA coaching being in Iowa, where he served as athletic performance director and men’s recruiting coordinator. Most recently, he served as head coach of Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) following a season as the primary assistant to 2020 International Swim League Champion Cali Condors.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be coaching at Ohio State,” Schrader said. “There are so many things that make us happy, including excellent program leadership, high performance with U.S. national teams and international excellence, a great academic institution, winning championships, the Big Ten conference, the clubhouse McCorkle Aquatics and Support System that is Ohio State Athletics. I am thrilled to work with exceptional staff and elite athletes.

In two seasons at Iowa, Schrader coached six NCAA qualifiers in seven events and four CSCAA All-Americans. The 2019-20 season was a banner year for the Hawkeyes, setting 12 program records with 11 student-athletes winning weekly Big Ten awards. Schrader guided Hannah Burvill to a bronze medal at the 2020 Big Ten Championships and the women’s team to a 10th-place finish and program-best 430 points under the new scoring format. He also coached the men’s program to its highest Big Ten championship finish since 2012 with a sixth-place finish. Overall, the program broke 18 school records while in Iowa.

Prior to his move to Iowa City, Schrader spent 13 years as a head coach at the University of Denver where he developed the team into the nation’s preeminent Mid-Major program. The 14-time conference coach of the year led the Pioneers to 17 conference championships (nine men’s and eight women’s). During his tenure, Denver student-athletes earned 21 Conference Championship Swimmer of the Year honors and the program earned 12 Summit League Swimmer of the Year honors, nine Newcomer honors from of the Year and seven Conference Championship Diver of the Year awards. From 2016 to 2019, Denver won all but one swim event at the Summit League Championships.

Schrader’s program in Denver has qualified student-athletes for the NCAA championship in 10 of its 13 seasons, 24 of which have earned All-America honors. In addition to success at the NCAA level, student-athletes coached by Schrader have competed at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, and World University Games.

His move to Denver came after five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia (2001-06) and one season as an assistant for Florida and Iowa.

His accomplished coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Texas in 1991 and 1992 where he helped the Longhorns win the 1991 national title. Swimming. He was on staff for Team USA at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 1998 World Championships in Australia, the 2001 World Championships in Japan, and the 2013 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

“Our program has had the good fortune to identify, develop and create opportunities to grow high-level coaches since the program was combined five years ago,” Dorenkott said. “I’m very proud of our record of advancing coaching career ambitions through swimming and diving at Ohio State.”

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