Rachel Komisarz-Baugh begins her third season as the Ohio University Swimming and Diving head coach and her first season as a volunteer coach with the Bobcat Swim Club and Masters Program. She arrives in Athens following five years in Louisville.
During her five successful years in Louisville, Komisarz-Baugh helped build Louisville into a national power in swimming. The Louisville women's swimming program is currently ranked No. 9 nationally and their men's program has finished in the top 10.
Komisarz-Baugh is considered one of the nation's top recruiters and continues to bring some of the nation's best athletes to Ohio University. Komisarz-Baugh currently coaches three Ohio University athletes who swam at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.
The Warren, Michigan native was a member of the 2004 USA Olympic Team where she won a gold and silver medal in Athens, Greece. She had the honor of representing her country in the 800 free relay that brought home the gold medal and the 400 medley relay that placed second.
Komisarz, a 1999 graduate from the University of Kentucky, was a three time SEC Champion and a seven time NCAA All-American from 1996-1999. Coached by Gary Conelly, she was the SEC Swimmer of the Year and won the SEC Commissioner's Award.
Swimming in college was just the beginning of her swimming career. After graduating from UK, Komisarz hit swimming's International stage. In 2001, she was a five-time World University Games medalist, tying the most medals won by a female swimmer during the games. This set off her professional swimming career and she was offered a contract with Speedo in late 2001. She went on to represent Team USA in 2003 at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, where as a member of the 800-free relay, Komisarz set her first American record and became a World Champion. In 2004, the highlight of Komisarz's career was winning the 100 fly at the Olympic trials to earn her spot on the Olympic Team where she brought home a gold and silver medal.
In 2005, she continued her career and qualified for the World Championships in Montreal, Canada where she helped the 400 medley relay win silver. In 2006, she edged out her national competition again and became a National Champion for the second time and also earned a spot on the Pan Pacific Championship Team, winning a silver medal in the 100-fly and a gold medal in the 400 medley relay. Later that year, she was a silver medalist in the 100 fly and won gold in both the 400 medley relay and the 800 free relay at the Short Course World Championships.
In 2007, Komisarz became a National Champion for the third time in the 100-fly and was recognized as a leader and voted by her teammates as the team captain of the Japan Grand Prix Meet. During the last year of Komisarz professional career in 2008, she set five American records in the 50-fly, the 100-fly, the 400 free relay, 800 free relay and the 400 medley relay at the Short Course World Championships. The gold medal finish in the 400 medley relay also awarded Komisarz with her first World Record performance.
In all, she won 23 International medals and broke five American Records and one World Record. She and her husband Jeff Baugh were married on April 22nd, 2007 during a sunset beach wedding in Marco Island, Fla.