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John Bransfield
John  Bransfield

Head 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


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


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 is currently in his 21st season at UConn.

During the 2017-2018 season, Bransfield coached Dan Kinney to American Athletic Conference Co-Diver of the Meet and a conference champion in the platform event. Bransfield coached two divers to the 2018 NCAA Zones with senior Dan Kinney and freshman Erin Clifford qualifying for the Championships. Clifford has taken off in her freshman season under the guidance of Bransfield. The freshman earned All-Conference honors in her inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships.

During the 2016-2017 season, Bransfield earned American Athletic Conference Co-Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Bransfield helped set a school-record by sending six divers to NCAA Zones. Alli Butera, Monica Marcello, Amanda Craig, Michelle Kalupski, Dan Kinney and Spencer Beaulieu all represented the Huskies on the biggest stage. Five Huskies made the American Athletic All-Conference team.

In 2015-2016, Junior John Brice was tabbed the American Athletic Male Diver of the Week twice, while junior Taryn Urbanus and Alexandra Butera each grabbed Female Diver of the Week honors once throughout the dual meet portion of the year. At the American Championships, Bransfield was named American Athletic Conference Co-Diving Coach of the Year.

Urbanus, a 2014 All-Conference selection, earned a spot into the NCAA Championships in 2016, becoming the first Husky diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Danielle Cecco in 2013. 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 this past March. Urbanus was one of five Huskies in action at the Zone Meet, and Connecticut made program history at the event when four UConn divers reached the finals of the 3-meter.

At the 2015 American Athletic Championships, both Urbanus and 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, and Urbanus will enter her final season in Storrs with hopes of contending at the 2016 NCAA Championships. 

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 extending 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.