Assistant Coach • Recruiting Coordinator
Joining the Commodores in 2019, Chelsea Bailey enters her third season as assistant coach of the Vanderbilt swimming team.
Bailey helped the Commodores navigate the pandemic season while still excelling and improving in the pool with numerous personal bests throughout a shortened 2020-21 campaign. In her first season, she helped lead the Dores to a 6-6 overall record defeating Campbell, Little Rock, Marshall, Milwaukee, North Florida and Ouachita Baptist. At the mid-season TYR ’85 Invite, several swimmers earned podium finishes and notched both personal and season best times to finish third. At the 2020 SEC Championships, the Commodores tabbed 14 personal records and a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke to conclude the season.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Bailey has always had a passion for the water. During her 14 years of competitive swimming, she qualified multiple times for World Trials, NCAA Championships, and national championships, and competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Bailey attended, graduated, and swam for San Diego State, earning a bachelor’s in social science with an emphasis in psychology. While there, she was an active member of the Aztecs’ student-athlete committee, qualified as an All-American, served as team captain for two years, and was recognized as a scholar athlete while also earning dean’s list recognition.
Upon completion of the Olympic Trials, Bailey felt naturally drawn to coaching and had the desire to give back to the sport that shaped so much of her young life. She became an assistant coach at Seattle University, where she guided the sprint group to a successful 2018-19 season.
After moving to Tennessee, Chelsea became an assistant coach to the Nashville Aquatic Club’s senior group while obtaining her master’s in secondary education from Grand Canyon.