Former U.S. Olympic athlete now coaches NYU divingPosted on September 9, 2013 | by Sydney Pereira
Between Sept. 6 and 8, 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist and NYU Diving head coach Scott Donie coached at the Olympic Performance Squad Camp in Moultrie, Ga. Donie helped the U.S. Diving team find the best pairs for the men’s 10 meter platform synchronized diving event. Of the nation’s top divers, 26 attended.
Steve Foley, the high performance director for U.S. Diving, explained the other objectives of the camp.
“To assist with targeting medals, it is vital [U.S.] Diving brings together our best men’s platform divers to an assessment camp so we can mix and match our champions of the future with the aim of selecting the best partnerships that can challenge for world and Olympic medals,” Foley said.
As one of the coaches at the Olympic Performance Squad Camp, Donie worked as an assessor, mentor and coach to the divers with hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. His Olympic experience would help give the divers the upper hand.
“I am really looking forward to helping the young, up-and-coming divers prepare as they pursue their Olympic dreams,” Donie said. “I was in their shoes as I came up through the sport, and I hope to give them an edge by sharing my knowledge and experience with them.”
Donie competed for almost 20 years after he began diving at eight years old. Donie was coached by Jim Stillson, who currently coaches at Southern Methodist University, with Ron O’Brien and Randy Ableman, who currently coaches at The University of Miami.
“I was lucky to be coached by some of the best diving coaches in the world,” Donie said. “All three [coaches] had a profound impact on me personally and the coach that I am today.”
While training for the 1996 Olympics, Donie worked as an assistant coach at the University of Miami. Eventually, he took over as head coach of the NYU men’s and women’s diving team in the 2000-2001 season.
This season is Donie’s 14th year coaching the men’s and women’s diving team.
“My career at NYU is so incredible,” Donie said. “I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many great student athletes.
The swim and dive team’s 2013-2014 season opens on Oct. 12 against the State University of New York at Cortland.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 9 print edition. Sydney Pereira is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com.