Coaches & Director

  We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.

Coaching Staff

Denise Humphrey

Head Coach


Having recently retired from teaching with the Olentangy Local School District in Powell, Ohio, Denise Humphrey begins her first season with the Bobcat Swim Club. She assumes the coaching responsibilities of coaching the Junior and Senior groups.

During Denise’s 28 years in suburban Columbus, she worked with swimmers ages 5-18. She honed her coaching philosophy while working on the coaching staffs of Buckeye Swim Club, Olentangy High School, and the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team.

Denise is a graduate of Ashland University where she earned degrees in Elementary Education and Sports Management. She was captain of the college team during her junior and senior years.

Denise is married to Dick Humphrey and resides in Shawnee.  She is the mother of son Cameron, a recent graduate of Bucknell University, and daughter Mallory, who just completed her freshman year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Ariel Hodges

Assistant coach age group


Ariel is currently in her second year at Ohio Univeristy as a Masters of Sociology student.  Previously, she competed for Ohio University for 4 years on the varsity swim team.  In high school, she competed for Oakland Live Y'ers for 5 yeras, gaining national level experience in breaststroke, butterfly, and IM events.  In additonal, Ariel was a Speedo Sectional qualifier for 7 years, as well as team sectional champions for 3 years.   She was also a state champion in the 100 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free.  During her time at Ohio University, she has taught private lessons for 3 years and has over 7 years of teaching experince.  She is excited for this new adventure and looking forward to working with everyone. 

Rachel Komisarz-Baugh

Executive Director


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.


Board of Directors

Norman John O'Reilly



Jean D. Reese



Meredith Erlewine- Kotses