STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone will be inducted in the University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Fame, as announced Tuesday by New Hampshire director of athletics Marty Scarano.
The induction ceremony will be held June 7 on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.
Schavone, a 1971 New Hampshire graduate, will be joined by seven other inductees in the 2014 class.
Schavone is considered one of the nation’s premier diving instructors. However, the 36th-year head coach never competed in diving. He got his start from a summer job for the Wayland Park (Mass.) and Recreation department, where he taught diving at the town beach on Lake Cochituate.
Schavone obtained a physical education degree from New Hampshire, where he played basketball and baseball, earned his master’s at Maryland and received a Ph.D. in sports psychology from Stanford in 1978.
He was introduced to Stanford in 1976 as a graduate assistant and was promoted to the head diving coach the following year. He left Palo Alto to fill the diving head coach vacancy at Princeton in 1978-1979, but returned to The Farm the following season.
Since returning to Stanford during the 1979-1980 campaign, Schavone has molded the Cardinal diving team into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation. A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007, 2013), Schavone is also an eight-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).
In addition to his work at Stanford, Schavone has served as head coach for several U.S. National Teams, including the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, competitions in Rome and Vienna with the national team in 1999 and the 2006 FINA World Cup in China.
Schavone served on Team USA’s coaching staff at the 2012 Summer Olympics after two of his divers (Kristian Ipsen & Cassidy Krug) earned their first-ever nods. Ipsen won the bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard, while Krug finished seventh in the same event. Most recently Schavone coached the USA at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Schavone coached Stanford men and women divers to 30 national championships including 12 NCAA champions and 108 All-America honors. Schavone has coached at least one All-American diver in 34 of the past 35 years.
Schavone founded the Stanford Dive Club in 1981. It has developed into one of the top youth dive clubs in the nation. In 2013, the Stanford Dive Club was named one of seven USA Diving Podium Centers with the main goal to produce future Olympians.