Buckeyes send one of largest groups in program history to NCAAs
Junior Alex Miller recently spoke with OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Nov. 6 - 12, 2012
Ohio State claims victories at No. 13 Tennessee, against Miami in Columbus Friday
Seven NCAA qualifiers return this season
Dave Rollins is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Rollins, a nine-time All-American at the University of Arizona (2003-06), joined the program with seven years of coaching experience at all levels of swimming.
In his first season with the Buckeyes, Rollins helped Ohio State finish third at the Big Ten Championships and send 11 swimmers to the NCAA Championships. He has also played a key role in helping the Scarlet and Gray secure yet another Top-15 finish in the national polls, as Ohio State was ranked 13th in the final CSCAA Division I Team Rankings and was 12th at the NCAA Championships.
Rollins came to Columbus with coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels. Rollins is a former NCAA champion, nine-time All-American, United States national finalist and Olympic Trials participant.
"The facilities and the national events we host are a good indicator of the quality of the Ohio State program," Rollins said. "More importantly, coach Wadley and others have created an environment which fosters growth as students, athletes and individuals. It's an exciting, dynamic, and supportive team. My family and I are very happy to be a part of it."
Rollins is a graduate of the University of Arizona (2007) with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. While at Arizona, he established four school records and became the fastest American breaststroker in history - a record that stood for six years. He captained the Wildcats his senior year.
Following his time as a competitor, he began coaching at Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics under Hall of Famer Frank Busch. Rollins worked with multiple Olympic and World Champion gold medalists. Moving to Northern Arizona University in 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks for three seasons. While in Flagstaff, he also was head coach for Peaks Aquatic Club. In both capacities, he played a major role in impacting the quality and growth of the programs, highlighted by 12 school records at N.A.U. and moving Peaks into the U.S.A. Bronze Medal Club category.
Prior to Ohio State, Rollins was the head coach of the west satellite location for the Marlins and was an assistant with St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Once again his contributions resulted in dramatic results. The Marlins captured three Ohio Age Group Championships. Rollins also worked with Olympic Trial qualifiers as well as national and junior qualifiers along with national and state record holders. His efforts with the Aquabombers were equally productive, as he was part of two Ohio Championships, while coaching 11 All- Americans. Three of his Cincinnati athletes are now Buckeyes.
A native of Brocton, Mass., he and wife Caroline Keefe Rollins welcomed their first child, Alice, this past fall.