May 28, 2009
Rachel Komisarz, Olympic swimmer and gold medalist, has joined the University of Louisville swimming coaching staff in the newly added position of full-time assistant coach. Rachel just finished her second year as a volunteer coach for the nationally-ranked Cardinals.
"We are very fortunate to add Rachel to our coaching staff. She has been a Volunteer Coach on our staff over the last two seasons, so she is very familiar with our program philosophy, expectations, and vision," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "She brings tremendous experience as a world class athlete who reached the pinnacle of our sport winning a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. More importantly, she exemplifies tremendous discipline, work-ethic, and passion in everything she does, and those characteristics will show in her coaching. This is a great day for our program"
The Warren, Michigan native won both a gold and silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meter relay freestyle relay and silver medalist in the 400-meter medley. She is currently a member of the 400-medley relay World Record in Short Course Meters. In addition, she also is the current American Record holder in the 50- and 100- butterfly (Short Course Meters) events as well as the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relays (SCM).
Komisarz, a 1999 graduate from the University of Kentucky, was a three-time SEC Champion and seven-time All-American from 1996-99.
The 1995 graduate of Warren-Mott High School, she finished first at the 1994 Class A state high school meet in both the 100- and 200-freestyle. She is the only girl from Macomb County to ever win a state swim title.
2004 Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist
2008 World Champion 400 Medley Relay
2007 World Championship Team member, Melbourne, Australia
2006 Pan Pacific Games- 2nd 100 fly, 1st 400 Medley relay
2006 Runner up National Champion 100 fly
2006 Short Course World Champs- 2nd 100 fly
2005 National Champion- 100 fly
2005 LC World Championships- 4th 100 fly, 2nd 400 medley relay, 1st 800 freestyle relay
2004 Olympic Trial Champion- 100 fly
2004 Olympic Games- 1st 800 free relay, 2nd 400 medley relay
2004 SC World Championships- 1st 800 free relay, 2nd 100 fly
2003 World Champion and American Record Holder
2002 SC World Championships- AMERICAN RECORD 400 medley relay AMERICAN RECORD 800 free relay
2001 - Present USA National Team member
2001 Five time World University medalist
Seven time NCAA All-American
1999 SEC Swimmer of the Year
1999 SEC Commissioners award
1999 Three time SEC Champion in 200 fly, 500 free, 1650 free,
As of 5/28/09
*World Record* in 400 medley relay (SCM)
*American records* in 50 fly (SCM), 100 fly (SCM), 400 freestyle relay (SCM), 800 freestyle relay (SCM)