July 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -After five years at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program, Bill Dorenkott has accepted a five-year contract extension running through 2018, TJ Shelton, assistant athletics director for sports administration at Ohio State, announced Friday.

“We are excited to extend Coach Dorenkott’s contract,” Shelton said. “He is committed to getting the best out of our student-athletes in the classroom and in the pool. Bill is well deserving of this extension and we look forward to having him lead our program for several years to come.”

Under the steady leadership of Dorenkott, the women’s swimming program has solidified a foundation for future success. In just his second season in Columbus, the team finished fifth at the Big Ten championships. The Top 5 effort represents the highest finish for the program in 13 years. In 2011 and 2012, the progression of the program only continued as the Scarlet and Gray concluded each season in the Top 3 in the conference.

“I am humbled and grateful to Ohio State and Gene Smith for the opportunity to work at one of the finest institutions in the world,” said Dorenkott.

Most recently, Ohio State maintained its four-year run of Top 5 Big Ten finishes with a fourth-place effort. At the meet, Shannon Draves, a member of Dorenkott’s first recruiting class, defended her Big Ten title in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time of 1:55.12.

“We are poised to take the program to new heights,” Dorenkott said.  “We will do it with dynamic young women who enjoy the challenges of pursuing excellence in the pool and in the classroom.”

Aside from Dorenkott’s success in league competition, he has also shaped Ohio State into a contender on the national stage. After cracking the Top 20 at the 2011 NCAA Championships with a 17th-place showing, the Buckeyes have maintained a consistent showing in the CSCAA national rankings. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Ohio State qualified 10 individuals for the prestigious meet.

Another of Dorenkott’s goals as a head coach is to ensure his student-athletes have the tools necessary to excel on the international level. Over the course of his career, Dorenkott has coached student-athletes to the Olympic Games, PanAm Games, World University Games, World Championships, Pan-Pacific Championships and U.S. National Championships. One such competitor is 2012 Olympian and Buckeye great Samantha Cheverton, who continues to train at Ohio State under Dorenkott following her collegiate career as a member of Team Canada.

Academics also have played a key role in Dorenkott’s coaching philosophy. He strives to recruit student-athletes who have vision and goals beyond swimming. Of the 28 Buckeye programs to place student-athletes on the 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list, Ohio State women’s swimming and diving led the way with eight honorees. This isn’t the first time the program has achieved such a feat. In 2012, the squad collected the most Academic All-Big Ten honorees with 19 – once again the most of any Ohio State varsity sport during the 2011-12 campaign.

Under Dorenkott – an Ohio native – the future looks bright for Ohio State women’s swimming.