Suzanna Hyatt is entering her eighth coaching season with the Ohio State synchronized swimming program with a new title – Associate Head Coach. The former assistant coach was recently promoted by head coach Holly Vargo-Brown.
Hyatt, an Ohio State alumna, possesses a long list of accomplishments from her synchronized swimming career. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Hyatt was a four-year member of the Buckeyes’ program. She concluded her collegiate run with 2003 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors and three All-American laurels.
Hyatt understands the demand and commitment it takes to excel in every facet of being a student-athlete at such an elite institution. Garnering Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete distinction and being named a three-time member of the U.S. Collegiate Academic team, she capped off her collegiate career by being named a finalist for the prestigious Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and winning the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award.
Her collegiate journey began on the B team, now known as the Gray Squad. In her sophomore season she earned a spot on the A team, or the Scarlet Squad as it is now known. She was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ second, third and fourth consecutive U.S. Collegiate Championship titles. Throughout her time with the team, Hyatt was also named to the U.S. National Team II squad from 2001-2003. Competing in the Swiss Open in 2001 and 2002, she won the Combo event and placed second in Duet and Team with the U.S. National Team. Hyatt’s credits also include extensive work with Le Reve, The Dream both in Belgium as an original cast member and in Las Vegas as a performer and synchronized swimmer.
After graduating from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Hyatt served as the volunteer coach for the 2004 national championship team at Ohio State while working as an ESL Assistant in Columbus City Schools. She went on to receive her master’s degree in physical education with a specialization in coaching from Ball State University in 2014.
Hyatt has helped coach the team to eight national championships. Her leadership, tenacious spirit and ability to connect with student-athletes in the program has proven to be an invaluable resource and asset to the coaching staff.