One of the most highly respected diving coaches in the world, three-time Olympic coach Vince Panzano is entering his 27th season as the head diving coach at Ohio State. A graduate of The Ohio State University in 1973, Panzano began his coaching career at the University of Tennessee and returned to his alma mater in 1978.
In his 32 years of coaching, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 45 Big Ten champions and 67 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald Diving to six national team titles. Since the 1984 Olympics Panzano and Ohio State have had divers on four of the last Olympic teams.
Panzano was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2004 after both his women and men squads had excellent performances. The women's squad had all four divers score points for the Buckeyes, including a second-place finish on the 3-meter dive by Julie Broms. The men's team had every diver score, earning 113 points, which was 44 points above the second-best diving squad in the conference. Men's diver, Mitch Richeson, was named the Big Ten Diver of the Year and won a Big Ten championship in the 3-meter dive. At the NCAA championships, Mitch Richeson, one of four Buckeye divers, finished sixth in the 1-meter dive and earned All-American honors. Ashley Bourland, who finished sixth in the platform dive, earned honorable mention All-American honors.
Panzano has twice been awarded the "Mike Peppe Award," as U.S. Diving's outstanding coach. Panzano also has been selected NCAA Diving Coach of the Year three times and Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year eight times. In 1996, Panzano was inducted into Ohio State University's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Panzano has a rich coaching experience in diving on the international level. He has served as the Olympic coach on three separate occasions. He has served as coach for the Pan American Team, a World Championship and in World Cup competitions. He also has been actively involved in coaching Junior Olympic divers.
Aside from coaching, Panzano served as meet director for the 1976 Olympic Trials. He hosted the first-ever United States vs. China dual diving meet in 1980 at Ohio State and in 1981 he hosted the indoor U.S. Diving Championships, also held at Ohio State. He has served on the United States Diving Board of Directors, the NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Committee and the United States Diving International/Olympic Committee.
A native of King of Prussia, Pa., Panzano and his wife, Phyllis, have two boys, Vincent and Bryan.
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