LARAMIE, Wyoming, June 20. WYOMING swimming and diving and head coach Tom Johnson announced Wednesday the hiring of new diving coach Yahya (YAH-yah) Radman.
“We are very excited to have Yahya and his wife join the Wyoming swimming and diving family,” Johnson said. “I know that he will help get our diving program back to where we expect it to be and can take our divers to a higher level.”
Radman, a native of Bloomington, Ind., spent the previous two seasons (2010-12) as the assistant diving coach at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. During the 2012 season, he assisted one ACC Champion, two runners up and three third-place finishers. As a team they sent eight student-athletes to the NCAA Zone Diving meet. He assisted in coaching one All-American during the 2012 season. He began his coaching career at FSU in the 2010-11 helping to coach three ACC runners-up and five third-place finishers. During that year, the Seminoles sent nine student-athletes to the NCAA Zone Diving meet. Two of the nine divers went on to earn All-America honors. Radman arrived at FSU in time for the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals where he assisted coaching the FSU men to the team championship.
“I am very excited to return Wyoming to the national level that it was just a few years ago,” Radman said. “I think the kids here are very excited and want to put the extra effort into making this program a national contender. I love Laramie so far and I cannot wait to get started working with our student-athletes.”
Prior to FSU, Radman earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University. During his time at Indiana, Radman choose to be a volunteer assistant coach instead of a student-athlete to begin his coaching career. He was the Director of Swimming and Diving Operations at IU and the head age group coach of Indiana diving club. He started as a diver in the club and worked his way up to assistant head coach learning under many accomplished coaches and divers. He assisted in coaching six All-Americans and three Olympians at IU. As a volunteer assistant he helped coach the 2003 and '07 women's Big Ten champion teams and the 2006 men's Big Ten champion team. During summer competition, he helped lead IU to the 2003, '04 and '06 USA Diving Women's National Championships. During the 2003 and 2004 summer seasons his teams won the USA Combined Team National Championships.
Radman will bring excellent international experience to the UW diving program. In 2012, he was the U.S. team leader for the FINA Diving World Series in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He also coached the 2011 U.S. men's team in Shenzhen, China, at the Summer Universiade. Prior to his time at FSU he spent a year in Egypt and a year and a half in China as an ESL teacher and diving consultant. In 2006, he spent the year as a guest coach to China's National and Regional training centers in Beijing and Xi'an.
Radman earned his bachelor's in French, near eastern cultures and politics from IU in 2005. He has a USA Diving Full Coach Membership and is a FINA judge.
Radman and his wife Anisa of Charlotte, N.C., reside in Laramie.
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