COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dorsey Tierney-Walker will join the Ohio State swimming and diving staff as an associate head coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season, director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott announced Monday. Tierney-Walker previously was the head coach at the University of New Mexico after taking over the program in 2016 with more than 20 years of college coaching experience.
“I have coached with Dorsey on the USA National Team and against her as a Big Ten and NCAA rival and she is one of the most competitive people I have ever met,” Dorenkott said. “That competitiveness is infectious and Ohio State, in particular, our student-athletes, are most fortunate to call Dorsey Tierney-Walker a Buckeye.”
Prior to New Mexico, Tierney-Walker was the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Arizona State from 2009-15. Tierney-Walker claimed a pair of NCAA team championships as the co-head women’s swimming coach at Auburn in 2006 and 2007, where she coached from 2005 to 2009. Along with the two national titles, Tierney-Walker led the Tigers to a pair of SEC titles and racked up 196 All-America performances.
“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to work at The Ohio State University,” Tierney-Walker said. “There is no more competitive conference than the Big Ten and no program better equipped to pursue excellence in the classroom and the pool than Ohio State.”
Tierney-Walker is rejoining the Big Ten as she was the women’s head coach at Indiana for seven years prior to her stint at Auburn. She was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, led the Hoosier swimmers to 99 All-American honors and clinched a program-best ninth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
“I am excited to get back to the Big Ten, coaching with Bill Dorenkott, this time as a colleague rather than as a competitor,” Tierney-Walker said. “He is a forward thinker who brings out the best in his student-athletes and coaches. Ready to get to work!”
After her competitive swimming career at Texas, Tierney-Walker joined the staff at Southern Methodist as an assistant coach from 1996-98. She helped guide the Mustangs to three top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships during her three-year tenure, including a national runner-up finish in 1996 and two Western Athletic Conference titles.
At the International level, Tierney-Walker was an assistant coach for the United States at the 2001 World University Games and assisted Cyndi Gallagher and Team USA at the 2007 World University Games.
Tierney-Walker had a decorated career in the pool as she earned her first international gold medal in 1987 in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis. In 1991, she was ranked third in the world in 200 breaststroke and was named captain of the USA National Team at the Pan-American Games in 1991 where she won three goal medals.
At Texas, Tierney-Walker was a two-time national champion in 1990 and 1991 as well as a two-time captain. Tierney-Walker set an NCAA record for the Longhorns in winning the 200-yard breaststroke and collected 16 All-America honors.
“Dorsey has a gift of being able to connect with student-athletes at a level matched by few coaches,” Dorenkott said. “That connection has led to amazing performances across the spectrum of our sport, from conference successes to the Olympic Games. We can’t wait to take the next step in the growth of our program with Dorsey. Go Bucks!”