position Assistant Coach
Katie Trace joined the Buckeye coaching staff in June 0f 2022 following a five-year career as a Buckeye student-athlete.
“Katie is a fourth-generation graduate of The Ohio State University and she represents all that is good in being a Buckeye,” Dorenkott said. “She chose to swim a fifth year and our staff often shared that it felt like having an extra coach in the water with the team. So, this was a natural progression and one that I feel very good about moving into the future.”
Trace, who hails from Upper Arlington, helped the women’s team to three consecutive Big Ten titles over the last three seasons. Individually, she earned nine Big Ten medals, including championships as a member of the 800 free relay in 2022 and 400 medley relay in 2021. She was the Buckeyes’ top performer in the 200 butterfly for the last two seasons and earned eight All-America honors for her career. In 2021, she was an individual Big Ten runner-up in the 400 IM as a part of a one-two Buckeye finish.
“After earning two degrees from Ohio State, becoming a coach here is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Trace said. “The expectation is excellence in all that we do. The people at Ohio State are investing in this mission and are passionate to be successful every day, and our swimming and diving program is no different. I’ve spent five years as a student-athlete being coached by both Bill Dorenkott and Mike Hulme, so I’m excited for the chance to work and learn alongside them in this chapter of my journey at Ohio State. I’m grateful to be able to take advantage of this new role in the program and continue the accomplishments we’ve achieved in recent years.”