COLUMBUS, Ohio – Director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott announced Wednesday the hiring of Ohio State swimming alumna Katie Trace as an assistant coach and the promotion of Mike Hulme to associate head coach.
Trace joins the Buckeye coaching staff after finishing her five-year career as a student-athlete with the program this past season. Hulme, who was also a student-athlete at Ohio State, has served as an assistant coach for Ohio State since 2016.
“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.”
Hulme, who is entering his seventh season as a coach at Ohio State, has been an integral part of the Buckeyes’ success as of late. He has helped the women’s program to three straight Big Ten championships and consecutive top-10 finishes at NCAAs for the first time in program history. On the men’s side, he has guided the team to three consecutive top-10 NCAA results for the first time in 50 years.
“Mike brings a yeoman’s approach to his job,” Dorenkott said. “He is humble, hardworking and he embodies the qualities of servant leadership. This promotion is long overdue and a testament to Mike’s selfless demeanor. I am looking forward to sharing the deck with Mike long into the future.”
During his time at Ohio State, Hulme has coached Big Ten scoring athletes across 13 stroke/distance disciplines and NCAA Championship qualifying athletes in 12 of 13 stroke/distance disciplines. Overall, he has coached more than 30 student-athletes to All-America status and 10 Big Ten champions.
“Being named associate head coach at my alma mater means a great deal to myself and my family, and I am ecstatic to move forward with this new role,” Hulme said. “Our program, coaches, and student-athletes have grown so much over the five years since we combined our men’s and women’s teams, and I can’t wait to continue that trajectory moving forward. I want to thank Bill Dorenkott, Mike Penner, Gene Smith, and President Johnson for their support.
“I am also thrilled that Katie Trace will be joining our staff. I grew as a coach and learned an incredible amount working with Katie as an athlete, and I am sure that the attitude, work ethic, and curiosity that made her great in the pool will make her a phenomenal coach. Go Bucks!”