August 19, 2022

Ohio State Adds Graham Carpenter, Tim Kubacki as Volunteer Assistant Coaches


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming and diving program added two volunteer assistant coaches – Graham Carpenter and Tim Kubacki – to its coaching staff this summer. The duo joined the Buckeyes in June and will be on deck for the 2022-23 season.

“Tim and Graham have been game-changers in a short period of time,” Director of Swimming and Diving Bill Dorenkott said. “They have endeared themselves to our team, acclimated to the quick pace of work at this level and shown a willingness to do whatever it takes to advance our programs.”

Carpenter joins the Ohio State program after NCAA coaching stints at Anderson University and John Carroll University. The Dublin, Ohio native served as the volunteer assistant coach at Anderson for the 2019-20 season. At the beginning of the 2020-21 season, he was appointed the interim head coach of the Ravens and served as an assistant coach for the remainder of the year.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to coach here at The Ohio State University,” Carpenter said. “Having grown up in Columbus, to come home and be a part of the Ohio State culture is really a dream come true for me. I am beyond excited to share the deck with Coaches Dorenkott, Hulme, Gayo, Schrader, Trace and my counterpart, Tim Kubacki. The wealth of knowledge and different experiences that these individuals bring to the table will help me tremendously in learning and growing towards my goals as a coach. I am also thankful to our athletes for welcoming myself, and all of the staff changes, with open arms and such a positive mindset. I am confident that it is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to see what our team can accomplish.”

Following his tenure at Anderson, the Dublin, Ohio native became a graduate assistant coach at John Carroll for the 2021-22 season. Carpenter is a 2021 graduate of Ball State, where he competed for one season on the swim team, with a degree in criminal justice and criminology. He also earned a graduate certificate in non-profit administration from John Carroll in 2022.

“The hallmark of a good young coach is a strong sense of curiosity,” Dorenkott said. “Both Tim and Graham have a desire to learn which will serve them well in their time at Ohio State.

Kubacki comes to Columbus following a successful swimming career at Cleveland State. He is a four-time Horizon League Champion, with two titles in both the 200 and 400 IM. The 2022 Horizon League Athlete of the Year served as team captain his senior season and was named the Cleveland State Male Athlete of the Year that same year.

“It is an absolute honor to be a part of the staff of the Ohio State swimming and diving program,” Kubacki said. “I have always wanted to pursue coaching, and I can’t wait to work with the student-athletes here at Ohio State. I am extremely grateful to Bill Dorenkott for offering me a position on his staff and I look forward to sharing the pool deck with the other coaches.”

Kubacki, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, broke three school record during his Viking career and still holds the 200 IM and 500 freestyle records. He was named the Horizon League Winter Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2020 and was a four-time conference All-Academic team member. A 2021 graduate of Cleveland State with a degree in accounting, Kubacki recently completed his master’s degree in business administration.

“Tim and Graham have the human qualities that make a difference in this profession: an ability to connect with young people, impeccable character and a level of competence to help our student-athletes reach their goals ,” Dorenkott said. “We are very proud of our role as a program and university of developing people. This includes coaches. The future is very bright for both of these young men.”

The Ohio State volunteer assistant coach network is quite accomplished, and something that has been an important piece of the Ohio State swimming and diving culture over the years.

“I was the beneficiary of mentorship as a young coach when Paul Blair took me under his wing 32 years ago,” Dorenkott said. “Coach Blair showed me that coaching is more than a job. He used swimming as a vehicle to build skills that last a lifetime. Our goal, in true Buckeye fashion, is to Pay It Forward to the next generation of coaches in hope that they find it a vocation which makes a difference in young people’s lives.”

Previous Ohio State volunteer assistants include:

  • John Klinge – Purdue University head coach
  • Jess Book –Kenyon College head coach
  • Margo Geer – University of Alabama head coach
  • Haley Mitchell – Occidental College head coach
  • Luke Ryan – Indiana University assistant coach
  • Kyle Patnode – University of Illinois assistant coach
  • Mike Sullivan – George Washington University assistant coach
  • Kile Auckerman – Auburn University graduate assistant coach
  • Mark DeSwardt – University of Northern Colorado assistant coach
  • Sam Davy –Swarthmore College interim head coach
  • Brennan Riddle – Excel Aquatics Brentwood Site varsity coach
  • Allison Reed Leather – University of Kentucky associate head coach (retired)