Former MAC Diver of the Year to Guide Ohio U. Diving Program

ATHENS, Ohio, July 5 – RUSS Dekker has been named men's and women's diving coach for the Ohio University Bobcats. Greg Werner, head swimming and diving coach for the Bobcats, recently announced the appointment.

Dekker was named to the position after completing three seasons in the same role at the University of Wyoming. During his tenure in Laramie, the Cowboys and Cowgirls established themselves as one of the elite diving programs in the Mountain West Conference, highlighted by six divers qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Zone "E" pre-qualification meet.

Before going to Wyoming, Dekker was the Ypsilanti High School diving coach from 1996-2001 where he was named Michigan State High School Diving Coach of the Year for both 1999 and 2000. He was also an assistant coach with the Chippewa Diving Club and Legacy Diving Club; he coached 11 junior national qualifiers and three senior national qualifiers. During his time in Ypsilanti, Dekker coached three Michigan state diving champions, nine NISCA All-Americans and the 2001 national high school champion.

Dekker dove for Eastern Michigan University, where he was selected the Mid-American Conference Diver of the Year in 1995. He was a four-time NCAA zone diving qualifier and a three-time Academic All-MAC selection. He helped lead EMU to three MAC team championships in the four years he competed, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in communications.

"We are quite fortunate to have someone with Russ' experience and credentials leading the Bobcat diving program," said Werner, the 2000 MAC Coach of the Year. "Russ is one of the elite young diving coaches in the country and will undoubtedly lead the Bobcats to new heights. He has had success wherever he has coached and we look for that trend to continue here in Athens."

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