Oct. 10, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – Bill Dorenkott, director of swimming and diving at Ohio State, announced on Tuesday that Danielle Tansel will be joining the team as a volunteer assistant. Tansel’s addition to the staff is the finishing touch of the process that combined the men’s and women’s programs.
“We have assembled one of the most dynamic staffs in all of collegiate swimming and diving,” Dorenkott noted. “Danielle is the perfect complement to our staff and program. Her experience, energy and deck presence will add a great deal to the culture we are building.”
Tansel comes to Columbus with a championship pedigree and a plethora of coaching experience. Having coached for 10 years, Tansel has led teams to 10 conference titles and one national title, in 2013, when she served as an assistant coach for the men’s swimming and diving program at Michigan.
“I am excited to join this staff furthering the development of a combined men’s and women’s swimming & diving program,” Tansel said. “Having the right people together, at a university where opportunity abounds, is a powerful force.
“I am eager to contribute my knowledge and skills to the Ohio State University program and work alongside some of the brightest and most passionate coaches out there.”
Having coached most recently at Michigan, Tansel helped the men’s team win four-straight Big Ten titles from 2013-16. In addition to the four men’s titles, she aided the women’s team to a 2016 Big Ten title, its first time winning a conference title since 2004.
From the beginning of her tenure with the Wolverines, Tansel helped the Wolverines’ women’s squad rise 26 spots at the NCAA Championships over a four-year period. Starting with a 36th-place showing at the 2013 NCAA Championships, Tansel played a beneficial role in the team rising all the way to a 10th-place finish in 2016 (the highest for the women’s team since 2008).
Prior to her stint at Michigan, Tansel served as the women’s assistant coach at Southern Methodist University. The Mustangs claimed the 2012 Conference USA team title on their way to breaking 11 conference records at the meet. Following the conference meet, eight swimmers were named All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. The Mustang women’s swimmers swept both yearly conference awards: Swimmer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Tansel landed her first full-time gig at the University of Richmond in September of 2008. She coached with the Spiders for three years and helped the women’s team win two Atlantic 10 conference titles during that span. In addition to the conference titles, she helped two swimmers earn bids to the Olympic Trials and tutored three NCAA participants.
Tansel also has significant coaching experience on the international level. In 2012, she contributed to the development of three Olympians: Denisa Smolenova (Slovakia), Nina Rangelova (Bulgaria) and Therese Svendsen (Sweden). She also coached international record holders from Lithuania, Colombia and Croatia, and a Canadian swimmer to two top-16 individual finishes at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials.
Her coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Oakland University in July of 2005. She obtained her master’s in counseling in April of 2008. During her time in Rochester, Mich., Tansel played a role in coaching the men’s team to back-to-back conference titles in 2006 and 2007.
A four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame, Tansel graduated in May of 2004 with a degree in anthropology. She was a member of four-straight Big East conference titles with the Fighting Irish, and she is a former school record holder in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Danielle has been married to current Ohio State swimming and diving swimming coach, Bryon Tansel, since 2010.