May 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Delta State standout swimmer Ben Rayner has been tabbed as Ohio University swimming & diving's assistant coach, as announced by first-year head coach Rachel Komisarz-Baugh on Thursday (May 1).
"I'm extremely excited to welcome Ben to the Ohio swimming & diving staff," said Komisarz-Baugh. "He will bring a lot of knowledge and experience from a very high level of competitive swimming. He is a great motivator and will undoubtedly help lead this program to new heights."
Rayner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, helping lead the Hokies to their first Atlantic Coast Conference men's title.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to join such a storied program at Ohio University," said Rayner. "I want to thank the administration and Rachel Komisarz-Baugh for welcoming me into their program, and I can't wait to begin my work with the team. I have been very fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my career, and I am excited to continue that with Rachel and work with her to bring Ohio swimming to new levels of success."
An NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention, team captain and winner of Delta State's "Workout Award" for hardest worker at the conclusion of his senior year, Rayner earned both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2011 and his Master's degree in Sport and Human Performance in 2013.
Prior to his arrival in Blacksburg, Va., Rayner spent a season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He served as the sprint, breastroke and dryland coach and was responsible for writing and implementing all weight room lifts and strength and conditioning circuits. During his time at Delta State, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen combined for 17 team records, 11 all-conference honors, five All-American honors and 11 Academic All-American honors. He helped lead the Statesmen to a runner-up finish at the NSISC championships and the Lady Statesmen to their first NSISC championship in over a decade.
Rayner spent one year working with the men's swimming program at Michigan as administrative assistant and as an assistant coach for Club Wolverine and Club Wolverine Elite prior to his time as a coach for Delta State. As Michigan's administrative assistant, Rayner worked heavily with recruiting, alumni communication and the logistical aspects of running a program. As an assistant coach with Club Wolverine, Rayner was in charge of the 11-12 year old age group. As an assistant coach with Club Wolverine Elite, he had the opportunity to work on deck with some of the world's top athletes training for the 2012 London Olympics. During Rayner's time in Ann Arbor, Michigan won the Big Ten Championship and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Rayner joins 11th-year head diving coach Russ Dekker - the 2013-14 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year - on Komisarz-Baugh's coaching staff.