Assistant Coach • Recruiting Coordinator
The 2019-20 season is the first for Chelsea Bailey as an assistant coach with the Vanderbilt swimming program.
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.