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Former Olympian Dominique Diezi O'Brien Joins Yale Staff

Dominique Diezi O'Brien. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dominique Diezi O'Brien. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Dominique Diezi O'Brien, a two-time Olympian for Switzerland, has been named assistant coach for the Yale women's swimming and diving team. Diezi O'Brien joins the staff of Cristina Teuscher, who enters her second season as Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving.

"Dominique brings a wealth of knowledge, is a fantastic coach and motivator and I am looking forward to sharing the pool deck with her," said Teuscher, who medaled for Team USA in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

A native of Zurich and a member of the Switzerland's National team from 1992-2004, Diezi O'Brien competed in two Olympics (1996 in Atlanta and 2004 in Athens) and several World and European Championships. She graduated from Northwestern with a degree in economics and international studies in 2001. During her career, she earned multiple All-America honors and held NU school and Swiss national records in various sprint events.

Diezi O'Brien comes to Yale after five seasons with Southern Methodist. She helped the Mustangs to four straight Conference USA Championships, and SMU finished in the top 20 at NCAAs three times in her tenure. While at SMU, Diezi O'Brien worked with many international student-athletes who represented their countries on the European, World and Olympic stages. In 2010, she graduated from SMU with a Masters in Education, specializing in English as a second language (ESL).

Diezi O'Brien has worked as a counselor for Swiss Swimming in age group development programs. She has also worked swim camps at various universities in the United States.

In addition to her work as a coach, Diezi O'Brien has also served as a freelance translator and as an ESL teacher for adults and children. Aside from English and German, she also speaks French and Spanish.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity