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Diving Coach John Bransfield

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Now entering his 11th season directing the UConn diving program, John Bransfield is coming off another successful season on the boards. Bransfield coached graduated senior Allison Coleman to her second BIG EAST Diver of the Year Award in 2008 while a total of three Husky divers took place in NCAA Zone action.Most recently, Bransfield was named the 2006 BIG EAST Women’s Diving Coach of the year.

Developing champions is not something new to Bransfield. In his 32 years of coaching, Bransfield has had many conference champions and at least one conference champion at each and every school that he has worked at, including Army, Maine, Springfield College and Northern Michigan. He has coached several national qualifiers including a four-time NCAA Division II Champion. In 2003, Melissa Kull became the first Connecticut diver to compete at the NCAA National Championship.

This year’s divers are led on the women’s side by senior Liza Marianni, who is the current holder of the three-meter record at UConn and was sixth at the BIG EAST Championship in that event. The men are led by sophomore Stephen Ferreira, who also took part in the NCAA Zone Regionals last year.

Bransfield’s background extends beyond the collegiate realm of diving. He enjoyed many years of success with U.S. Diving as a Junior Olympic coach, and was the recipient of a stipend in 1988 to work with two U.S Olympic Coaches. In 1992, Bransfield was appointed as a Regional Technical Director of United States Diving, and while at West Point, hosted numerous clinics for U.S Diving Coaches. In 1998 he served as the Competition Manager of the Goodwill Games in New York. Bransfield has taught numerous coaching clinics for Grass Roots fundamentals, Spotting Training and Safety Certification and he currently serves on the NCAA Diving Rules Subcommittee.

In the summer of 2003, Bransfield spent close to three weeks in the People's Republic of China. The opportunity allowed him to closely observe the training programs at two Provincial sites and attend the Asian Junior Championships.

Bransfield is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., where he received his bachelor's degree from St. Francis College. He earned a master's at Northern Michigan University and continued to study biomechanics while at Springfield College. Bransfield and his wife, Ginny, have four sons, and presently reside in Storrs.



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