University of Connecticut diving coach John Bransfield is in his 15th year with the program. Bransfield was named the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Diving Coach of the Year and Husky divers have advanced to NCAA national championship action in each of the past three seasons.
In March 2012, current Husky Danielle Cecco put UConn on the scoreboard at the NCAA Championships in her second consecutive trip to the meet. She is a two-time NCAA Zone champion in the three meters. UConn divers have also won NCAA Zone titles in each of the past three years as Stephen Ferreira won the three meters in 2010.
Three other UConn divers scored at the BIG EAST Conference championship last season. Grant Fecteau was a finalist in both events while Kelly McCauley (three meters) and Nicole Borriello (one meter) were consolation finalists.
Four UConn divers qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone Championships in 2012, with Fecteau joining Cecco in the finals.
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 championship.
Developing champions is not something new to Bransfield. In his 35 years of 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'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 in 1988 to work with two U.S Olympic Coaches.
A current member of the NCAA Diving Rules Subcommittee, Bransfield has considerable experience with diving off the pool deck as well. In 1992, he was appointed as a Regional Technical Director of United States Diving, and while at Army, 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 has twice served previously 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 and continued to study biomechanics while at Springfield College. Bransfield and his wife, Ginny, have four sons, and presently reside in Storrs.