position Assistant Coach
Bryon Tansel is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Ohio State swimming and diving programs. He was named to his position in June 2017 by director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott.
Tansel has spent the 2016-17 season on the coaching staff at LSU after three seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University.
“I grew up in the Midwest and love that this opportunity brings my wife and I closer to our families,” Tansel said when hired. “I am excited to work with a team that has a leader whose vision, values and goals align with my own, while also representing a university that blesses its programs with the resources needed to win championships. I am thankful to the coaching staff and to the athletic department for this opportunity, as the combination of the team and staff is exciting and is extremely capable of reaching great heights.”
Tansel was a big part of a 2021 campaign for Ohio State that saw the women win their second consecutive Big Ten championship and the men finish third.
Tansel worked with the sprinters at LSU, and assisted his athletes to four individual school records and two varsity records in 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
During his three seasons at EMU, Tansel helped the men’s program win the MAC Swimming & Diving Championship in both 2015 and 2016, while improving the women’s team from 4th in 2014 to consecutive second place finishes in 2015 and 2016. Bryon helped lead the Eagles to 27 varsity records, 8 Mid-American Conference records, and a combined 12 individual and relay MAC Championships.
While at EMU, Tansel coached Cole Bateman to a semifinal appearance in the 200 backstroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials as well as three swimmers to the NCAA Championships, including freshman Delaney Duncan. Duncan became the first freshman in program history to qualify for nationals earning NCAA All-American Honorable Mention status with her 14th place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
“Bryon’s passion for the sport and desire to help young people is evident the second you meet him,” Dorenkott said. “He is a genuine person and brings great energy to the pool deck.”
Tansel had year-long stints in Dallas, Texas coaching for the Dallas Mustangs Swim Team national group and the Dallas Aquatic Masters. Before that, he worked at Poseidon Swimming Inc. and volunteered for the Spiders at the University of Richmond. His first coaching job was for Silver Medal, top tier USA Swim club, Oakland Live Y’ers in Troy, Michigan.
A decorated swimmer himself, Tansel swam for Oakland University, where he was named the Summit League Swimmer of the Year in 2005 and received All-Summit League First Team honors from 2003-08. Tansel was elected team captain during his final two seasons for the Golden Grizzlies.
Tansel earned his master’s degree in sport management from EMU and graduated from Oakland University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Tansel, who is married (Danielle), is a native of Dundee, Mich.