Mason Norman was named head coach of Ohio's swimming and diving program on March 23, 2018 and enters his second season at the helm in 2019-20.
In their first season under the direction of Norman, the Bobcats posted victories over Marshall, Toledo, Duquesne, Xavier and Youngstown State. Junior Emilia Lahtinen broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke that had stood since 2000 after clocking a 2:13.28 at the Ohio State Invitational. Ohio tallied two weekly conference awards, with sophomore swimmer Hannah Schlegel earning MAC Co-Swimmer/Diver of the Week honors on Nov. 21 and redshirt junior diver Olivia Dillon garnering MAC Swimmer/Diver of the Week recognition on Jan. 16.
Ohio turned in a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships, with Schlegel earning All-MAC First Team honors and freshman Kelsey Morgan, senior Corrin Van Lanen and Lahtinen garnering Second Team recognition. Schlegel finished second in the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:19.04, placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.35 and also took third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:14.56, breaking the school record in all three events. Morgan broke two other school records for the Bobcats at the MAC Championships, placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims in 1:01.01 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke finals in 2:11.43.
The Bobcats sent three divers to the NCAA Zone C Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. -- Dillon, senior Nicole Hughes and freshman Taylor Miller.
Ohio excelled in the classroom as well as in the pool under Norman. The Bobcats were selected as a winner of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America's (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Award. Ohio placed 12 student-athletes on the 2019 Women's Swimming & Diving Academic All-MAC team -- Dillon, Lahtinen, Van Lanen, sophomore Carolyn Bischoff, junior Mackenzie Caruthers, senior Emily Davis, sophomore Katherine Garrity, sophomore Samantha Glass, senior Ana Henderson, senior Emily Ortner, senior Lexie White and senior Maddie Wyke. In addition to being named to the Academic All-MAC Team, Lahtinen and Van Lanen were recognized by the conference as Distinguished Scholar Athletes.
Norman came to Ohio after spending the 2017-18 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 Southeastern Conference 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. Norman also coached three US Olympic Trials finalists and five semifinalists in 2016.
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 individual medley 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 Norman was named the Wingate Male Athlete of the Year in 2009. He 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 '10.