Tigers Add New Women's Swimming Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn has hired Indiana University head women's swimming coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker to replace Kim Brackin, who retired following the 2004-2005 SEC Championship season.

Tierney-Walker, a two-time Big 10 Conference Coach of the Year, will serve as co-head women's coach with David Marsh, who also heads the national champion men's swimming team.

"We are honored and excited that Dorsey has chosen to join our program," Marsh says. "She brings successful experience and a passion for the sport that will make an immediate impact on the entire program. Her primary responsibilities will be directed toward the women's team, however she is excited to have the opportunity to coach men and women in a complete team atmosphere."

Tierney-Walker has been head coach at IU for the past seven seasons. The Hoosiers finished in the top 16 of the NCAA Championships in each of the last four seasons, including a ninth-place finish this year, the highest finish in school history.

"I was immediately drawn to the university based on the overall positive community excitement involving athletics," Tierney-Walker says. "I think Auburn University affords every student-athlete the opportunity to make dreams come true. I can't wait to get started and be a part of the Auburn family."

Hoosier swimmers earned All-American honors 99 times and won nine Big 10 individual titles, two relay titles and one conference championship. Her teams posted a 47-17-1 dual meet record. In the past four seasons, IU's women's swimmers have set new school records in every event.

Tierney-Walker spent three years as an assistant at SMU and the Mustangs finished in the top four nationally each of those seasons. She has been an assistant coach for the United States at the World University Games in 2001 and served as head coach for the Egyptian National Team at the 1997 Mediterranean Games, where one of her swimmers, an SMU recruit originally from Egypt, finished with three gold medals.

A swimmer on two University of Texas NCAA championship teams, she won a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. In 1991, she was ranked third in the world in the 200 breaststroke. That same year she was named captain of the U.S. Swim Team at the Pan American Games held in Havana, Cuba, where she collected three gold medals and set the Pan-Am Games record in the 200 breaststroke.

A finalist in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials, she set an NCAA record in winning the 200 breaststroke in 1991. A two-time captain, she collected All-American honors 16 times.

Tierney-Walker earned her B.A. in English with a minor in history in 1992 from Texas. Upon graduation, she began her coaching career at Texas as an assistant coach in 1992. In 1993, she took the assistant's role at the Texas Aquatic Club and Texas Gold Swim Tea.

Following her experience in Texas, she moved to Amherst, Mass., to accept a graduate assistant coaching position at the University of Massachusetts. During her two years at UMass, she helped guide the team to a school-record fourth-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships. In 1995, she obtained a masters of science in sports management from UMass.

Tierney-Walker was an also an assistant at Indiana in 1995 under Nancy Nitardy before heading to SMU.

Tierney-Walker is married to Jeff Walker. Her brother, Jimmy Tierney, is the head coach of the women's program at Northwestern, where Brackin coached before moving to Auburn.

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