Russ Dekker | Head Diving Coach
Russ Dekker begins his second season as the Head Diving Coach for the University at Buffalo. During his first season the divers showed tremendous improvement. Both men’s and women’s teams added a significant amount of team points at the MAC Championships. The program qualified 7 divers for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Dekker helped guide Nick Rodriguez to a new school record in the 1m diving event with a score of 359.85
Prior to his arrival at UB, Dekker spent the last 11 years as the Head Diving Coach at Ohio University.
While with the Bobcats, Dekker coached two MAC Champions, one MAC Diver of the Year and one Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also coached multiple MAC finalists and his divers earned 15 school records.
Prior to Ohio, Dekker completed three seasons as the men's and women's diving coach 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 Championships. Wyoming divers routinely were named to the all-conference team under Dekker's tutelage.
Dekker began his coaching career as the head diving coach at Ypsilanti High School from 1996-2001. At Ypsilanti, he coached two state champions and two state runner-ups. Dekker also served as an assistant coach for Legacy Diving from 2000-01, where he coached 11 Junior National qualifiers, three Senior National qualifiers, two Junior National finalists and a Junior National runner-up.
Dekker competed collegiately at Eastern Michigan University. He was selected the MAC Diver of the Year in 1995 and was a four-time NCAA Zone Championship qualifier and a three-time Academic All-MAC selection. He helped lead Eastern Michigan to three MAC team championships in the four years he competed. While attending Eastern Michigan, Dekker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in communications