Aug 16, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio Holly Vargo-Brown, head coach of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team, announced Friday former Buckeye Liz Derr will serve as the team’s volunteer assistant coach during the 2014 season.

“I am very excited to have Liz back on board with the Buckeyes,” Vargo-Brown, who will enter her second season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray, said. Her commitment to Ohio State has never wavered and her passion for the sport is strong. She will make a fantastic addition to our coaching staff.”

Since graduating from Ohio State with a degree in linguistics, Derr has continued her involvement in the sport of synchronized swimming, specifically in her home state of Minnesota. From 2010-13, Derr was the head coach of the University of Minnesota synchronized swimming club team. In addition to her commitments to the UM squad, Derr was the head coach of Twin Cities Synchro from 2012-13. Twin Cities Synchro is an age-group team founded by Derr in 2012. For two years (2012 and 2013), Derr held the position of technical chair for the Minnesota Synchronized Swimming Association Board of Governors. Derr, who was an Academic All-Big Ten and Collegiate Academic Award honoree at Ohio State, split her synchronized swimming duties with graduate studies and ultimately earned her Master’s of Arts Degree in teaching English as a second language from Hamline University in 2013. From 2011-13, Derr also served as an Adult Education Coordinator and Instructor at Neighborhood House, a nonprofit community-based organization that provides services for immigrant and refugee families.

At Ohio State, Derr competed on the Buckeye Gray Team and helped the squad finish in the Top 3 twice at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships. In 2009, the Gray Team scored 95.333 points for a third-place finish and was third the year before after earning the same score. For three consecutive seasons from 2008-10, the Gray squad was second at the North Regional championships.