NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt swimming has named Chelsea Bailey as its assistant coach, as announced Thursday by head coach Jeremy Organ.
“We’re excited to have Chelsea come aboard. She is an outstanding young coach who is going to help us continue to build our program to new heights,” said Organ.
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.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Vandy family and so excited for this upcoming season,” said Bailey.
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.