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John Bransfield
John  Bransfield

Diving Coach


Swimming And Diving Hands Out Team Awards At Annual Banquet

The Huskies plan to announce team captains for next season later this month


Looking Back At This Season's Diving Team

The Huskies wrapped up their season last week at the Zone Championships


UConn Divers Set For Zone Championships

Five Huskies will compete in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships


UConn Divers Set For Zone Championships

Five Huskies will compete in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships


Urbanus and Pigot Earn All-Conference Honors

The Huskies finished fourth in last week's inaugural Conference Championships

University of Connecticut diving coach John Bransfield wrapped up his 18th season at UConn this past spring, leading the Huskies to a highly successful 2015-16 campaign.

Under Bransfield, who was named the 2016 American Athletic Conference Co-Women's Diving Coach of the Year, led six divers on the men's and women's team to the NCAA Zone A Meet last season. Alli Butera reached the NCAA Diving Championships, finishing 34th in the one-meter and 46th in the three-meter. She was named to the 2016 All-Conference team, the sole diver to achieve that distinction last season.

Monica Marcello
set a new school and pool record by racking up 307.64 points on the one-meter platform against Dartmouth, on her way to being named AAC Female Diver of the Week on February 2 under Bransfield's tutelage. Daniel Kinney was named AAC Male Diver of the Week on December 8. Overall, the UConn men's team finished 3-1 in dual meets, while the women's team finished 1-3.

Taryn Urbanus, a three-time All-Conference selection, became the first Husky since Danielle Cecco in 2013 to qualify for the NCAA Diving Championships when she accomplished the feat in 2014. The Quincy, Mass. native competed in both the 1 and 3-meter events at the NCAA's after finishing it the top-three in both at the Zone A Meet. Urbanus was one of six Huskies to reach the NCAA Zone A Meet in 2016.

At the 2015 American Athletic Championships, both Urbanus and John Brice earned a spot on the All-Conference Team. Brice finished second in the 1 and 3-meter events at the Conference Meet, while Urbanus placed second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter. She was tabbed UConn's Outstanding Diver of the Year at the team banquet following the 2014-15 season.

Developing champions is not something new to Bransfield, the 2012 Big East Women's Diving Coach of the Year. In his 38 years of college coaching, he 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 and Northern Michigan. Bransfield 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 Championships. Stephen Ferreira (`10) competed at the NCAAs, followed by All-American Danielle Cecco ('13), who competed at the National Championships three straight years, in `11, `12 and `13.

With a background which extends beyond the collegiate realm of diving, Bransfield enjoyed many years of success with U.S. Diving as a Junior Olympic coach. He was been recognized by the National Governing body twice in that phase of his career with stipends to work with two U.S Olympic Coaches. Bransfield has considerable experience in the sport away from the pool deck as well. Four times he served on the NCAA Diving Rules Subcommittee, and in the early 90's he was appointed as a Regional Technical Director of United States Diving. While coaching at Army, he hosted numerous clinics for U.S Diving Coaches involving several U.S Olympic Team 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. 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 and continued to study biomechanics while coaching at Springfield College. Bransfield and his wife, Ginny, have three sons, and presently reside in Storrs.