A highly successful stint at Brenau University has allowed former swimming coach Blaire Bachman to help a Big Ten program.
Blaire Bachman, who served as head coach for the Golden Tigers from July 2010 to June 2015, will next serve as an assistant coach for both the Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming squads.
“I want to thank Ray Looze and Indiana University for giving me the opportunity to join a dynamic coaching staff that is focused on the academic and athletic excellence of its student-athletes,” said Bachman in a press release. “The spirit of Indiana athletics is undeniable. I’m honored to be a part of the Hoosier family and help in building upon its rich history of success.”
Looze, the head coach at Indiana, said Bachman is a perfect fit for the Hoosiers’ staff.
“Her head coaching experience and ability to recruit will help Indiana break into the NCAA top-five in the future,” said Looze. “She is a high-energy person who will bring that approach to our pool deck daily. We expect her to enhance our student-athlete experience by tapping into her unique skill set and coaching wisdom.”
Bachman, a Gainesville High graduate, will be joining the Indiana staff after a short stint as the assistant swim coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Dartmouth.
During her time with Brenau, Bachman was named Appalachian Swimming Conference Coach of the Year four times and NAIA Coach of the Year in 2014-15, after guiding the Golden Tigers to a third-place finish and four individual titles at the NAIA National Championships — the highest finish in team history.
In 2013-14, Brenau swimming marked its highest national ranking at that time, placing fourth at the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma, while naming five swimmers to All-American status and earning two individual-event national titles.
Bachman graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a concentration in public relations.