ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus announced Friday the hiring of Mason Norman as head coach of Ohio's swimming and diving program.
Norman comes to Ohio after spending the last season as associate head coach at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his elevation to associate head coach, Norman spent the previous four seasons as an assistant on staff for the Wildcats swimming and diving team.
While at Kentucky, Norman coached four USA National Team Members, two 2017 USA World University Games Team Members, four SEC Champions, an NCAA Champion and numerous NCAA qualifiers. He also oversaw workouts and season plans for distance swimmers and had a top 10 women's recruiting class in 2016. Also in 2016, Norman coached three US Olympic Trials finalists and five semifinalists.
"We are excited to have Mason joining the Bobcats family," said Schaus. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at the highest levels of competition and we know he has what it takes to help us grow into one of the elite programs in the Mid-American Conference."
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the program here at Ohio," said Norman. I would like to thank Mr. Schaus and Randee Duffy for their vision and trust in me throughout the process. I look forward to establishing a winning culture here at OHIO and becoming an elite program in the Mid-American Conference.
"Mason is an outstanding coach and person who will do great job at Ohio," said Kentucky head coach Lars Jorgensen. "He has been working hard to be able to lead his own program and I could not be happier for him. Mason has been an integral part of building our program at UK both in terms of coaching and recruiting and will be a huge success at OU."
Norman spent a year-long stint at the University of Utah in 2012-13 before joining the staff at Kentucky. At Utah, he was responsible for coaching the distance and IM groups and helped coach one Ute to an NCAA Championship berth.
Prior to his time at Utah, Norman spent a season as a graduate assistant before being promoted to interim assistant coach at the University of Tennessee.
While in Knoxville, he also spent time training for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter freestyle.
A native of Duluth, Ga., Norman had an illustrious career as a student-athlete at Wingate University. As a Bulldog, Norman was a 22-time All-American and was a part of the NCAA Division II national championship 400 free relay team in 2010.
During that same year, Wingate finished sixth at the NCAA Championships and Norman used three individual victories at the 2010 BMC Championships to help the Bulldogs notch their third consecutive conference title.
In addition to being a decorated athlete, as he was named the Wingate Male Athlete of the Year in 2009, Norman excelled in the classroom and racked up four CSCAA Scholar All-America awards and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team in 2009 and 2010.