August 12, 2022

Brian Schrader Joins Ohio State Swimming Staff

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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 coaching experience to the Ohio State deck.

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

Schrader has coached at virtually every level of the sport, with his last NCAA coaching stop being at Iowa where he served as the director of sports performance and men’s recruiting coordinator. Most recently, he was the head coach of Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) following a season as the lead assistant of the 2020 International Swimming League Champion Cali Condors.

“I could not be more excited to be coaching at Ohio State,” Schrader said. “There are so many things to be excited about, including the great program leadership, high performance with USA National Teams and international excellence, a great academic institution, winning championships, the Big Ten Conference, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and the support system that is Ohio State Athletics. I’m excited to work with an outstanding 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 record-breaking year for the Hawkeyes, setting 12 program records with 11 student-athletes earning Big Ten weekly awards. Schrader guided Hannah Burvill to a bronze medal finish at the 2020 Big Ten Championships and the women’s team to a 10th place finish and a 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 result. Overall, the program broke 18 school records while he was at Iowa.

Prior to his stop in Iowa City, Schrader spent 13 years as the head coach at the University of Denver where he developed the team into the nation’s pre-eminent 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 won 21 Conference Championship Swimmer of the Year honors and the program had 12 Swimmer of the Year honors in the Summit League, nine Newcomer of the Year honors and seven Conference Championship Diver of the Year awards. From 2016-19, Denver won all but one swimming event at the Summit League Championships.

Schrader’s Denver program qualified student-athletes for the NCAA Championship meet in 10 of his 13 seasons with 24 earning All-America honors. In addition to success at the NCAA level, student-athletes coached by Schrader competed at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games and World University Games.

His stint at Denver came after five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia (2001-06) and a 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 to the 1991 national title. From 1995-99, Schrader was USA Swimming’s National Team Coordinator. He served as a Team USA staff member at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, 1998 World Championships in Australia, 2001 World Championships in Japan and the 2013 Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic.

“Our program has had the good fortune of identifying, developing and creating opportunities to grow high-level coaches since combining the program five years ago,” Dorenkott said. “I am very proud of our record of advancing coach’s career ambitions via Ohio State swimming and diving.”

 

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