Rick Schavone to Retire

Just yesterday, Stanford diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone announced his retirement after 36 seasons as Stanford’s head diving coach.  One of the premier diving instructors in the nation, Schavone is the architect of the Cardinal diving program, while taking the team to unprecedented heights during his time on The Farm.  According to Schavone, he knew that his time was coming anyway; he’s in his mid-sixties, so it’s high time to retire.  He wished to thank Stanford divers for a wonderful and rewarding journey, and hoped that he had added something to their lives.

Rick Schavone

Rick Schavone, shown here, has been an institution at Stanford University for nearly 40 years now.

Since first starting in the 1970s, Schavone has molded Stanford into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation.  A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007 and 2013), Schavone is also nine-time recipient of the Pac-12 Diving Coach of the Year award (1995 – men, 1995 – women, 1997 – women, 1999 – women, 2000 – women, 2007 – women, 2008 – women, 2013 – men, 2014 – men).  Schavone served on Team USA’s Olympic coaching staff during the 2012 Olympics after two of his divers earned their first Olympic nods.  Kristian Ipsen won the 3-meter synchro, and Cassidy Krug won the individual 3-meter event at the US Olympic Trials.  Krug was seventh off the 3-meter springboard at the 2012 Olympics.

Ipsen then went on to win the bronze medal in his respective event at the 2012 Olympics with his partner, Troy Dumais.  The duo’s medal, along with David Boudia and his partner Nicholas McCrory’s bronze in the synchronized 10-meter platform were the first Olympic medals of any kind for the United States in diving since 2000.  Schavone was then tabbed to coach Team USA and Ipsen at the 2013 FINA World Championships.  In many ways, Rick is an icon in the aquatics world; he led an unprecedented four Stanford divers to the 2013 NCAA Championships, as Ipsen was named the 2013 NCAA Diver of the Year after winning the springboard events and took second in the platform.  The Cardinal diving corps then named Rick Schavone the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year.  He also earned the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year award as Ipson was named Men’s Diver of the Year.  Schavone is one of the few people to be named the Pac-12 and NCAA diving coach of the year in the same season twice, having also earned it in 2007.

Schavone has coached men and women divers to 18 team national championships, 50 conference team championships, 40 individual Pac-12 titles and 92 All-America honors.  He has coached at least one All-American diver in 30 of the past 32 seasons.  Schavone has coached NCAA champions in 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2001, 1996, 1995, 1993 and 1992.  In addition to his work at Stanford, Schavone served as the head coach for several US diving teams.  He has coached in top events such as the 2006 FINA World Cup in China, competitions in Rome and Vienna with the US National Team in 1999, the 1997 World University Games in Sicily and the 1990 Goodwill Games.  He’s also headed the US National Team at the 1993 World University Games, four World Age Championships (1984, 1987-89) and the 1985 European Youth Championships in Aachen, Germany.  He is one of the few coaches nationwide to coach at the last seven US Olympic trials.

In the summer of 1995, Schavone traveled with the US National Team to China and served as a coach at the World Cup in Atlanta.  He has also held many positions with USA Diving, and received the prestigious Whosam Award in 2003, given annually to a coach that adheres to the highest standards of physical and mental well-being.  One of the few Ph.D. holders in his profession, Schavone was named head diving coach on The Farm in 1977, and completed his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1978.  After leaving Stanford to become the head diving coach at Princeton for one season, he returned to his alma mater as a coach.  Later this summer, he will be inducted into the University of New Hampshire’s Hall of Fame.

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