Vince Panzano
Vince  Panzano

Last College:
Ohio State - 1972

Position:
Head Diving Coach

03/20/2013

Ten Buckeyes Ready for NCAA Championships

Ohio State sends one of school's largest groups in last 25 years

02/19/2013

Ohio State Heads to Big Ten Championships

No. 20 Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 20-23 at 2013 Big Ten championships

01/23/2013

Get To Know Your Buckeyes: Cheyenne Cousineau

Sophomore Cheyenne Cousineau recently spoke with OhioStateBuckeyes.com

12/01/2012

No. 16 Buckeyes 3rd After Day Two of OSU Invite

The Buckeyes are third overall with 412 points

07/13/2012

Vince Panzano Named to Olympic Coaching Staff

Buckeye diving head coach set to travel to his fourth Olympic Games

Retired: August, 2013

Mike Peppe. Ron O'Brien. Vince Panzano. The strong and respected Ohio State University diving program has had only three coaches in its remarkable history and it only seems right that all three are Ohio State graduates. Peppe started the program and coached 44 NCAA champions, including O'Brien, and 25 Olympians. O'Brien coached eight NCAA champions and eight Olympians before turning the program over to Panzano, who was one of O'Brien's divers between 1970-72. Panzano, who has coached 13 NCAA champions and nine Olympians, has been coach at Ohio State since 1978 and now, 35 years later, he is the longest tenured Ohio State coach and serves as the dean of all Buckeye head coaches.

One of the most highly respected diving coaches, the four-time Olympic coach Panzano most recently guided Katie Bell to the 2012 London Olympics on the 10-meter platform after taking her to the U.S. Championships in August 2009. In 2008, he coached Chelsea Davis and Sean Moore to national championships on the 3-meter and 10-meter platform events, respectively, at the NCAA championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Panzano is a 1973 graduate of Ohio State. He began his coaching career at the University of Tennessee in 1973 and returned to his alma mater to succeed O'Brien in 1978. While at Tennessee, he coached Jim Kennedy to the NCAA title on 1 meter in 1976; his first NCAA champion.

In his 40 years as a Division I coach, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 23 U.S. diving champions, 13 NCAA champions, 17 NCAA runners-up, 59 Big Ten champions and 92 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald's Diving to six national team titles. He has had divers on six of the last seven Olympic Teams.

Panzano has been named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year 10 times throughout his career, including the 2007 season when his men's divers established a never-before honor of having three different divers sweep the three diving events: Kellen Harkness won the three-meter springboard, Burkley Showe took first on the one-meter board and Wes Wieser won on the 10-meter platform. It was the first time a school has swept the three diving events since 1996 and the first time ever that the sweep was completed by three different athletes from the same school.

It wouldn't be the last time Panzano would witness his diving contingent accomplish such a feat. Not to be outdone by the men, at the 2012 Big Ten Championships the women's side also swept all three diving events. Capturing two individual titles, Bianca Alvarez dominated the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events with scores of 360.65 and 410.65, respectively. Cheyenne Cousineau completed the Buckeye sweep, winning the 10-meter platform competition with a score of 326.1. On the men's side, Shane Miszkiel notched the title in the one-meter event to up Panzano's total to 59 Big Ten champions.

The 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year award was Panzano's sixth on the men's side with the others coming in 1987-92-93-02-04. He has been named women's diving coach of the year four times, in 1993-96-00-12.

Most recently, Panzano coached Shane Miszkiel to an All-America performance at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Also the season's Big Ten 3-meter champion, Miszkiel helped the men's swimming and diving team to its fifth-consecutive season as one of the Big Ten's Top 3 programs. On the women's side, Cheyenne Cousineau also earned All-America accolades at the NCAA championships.

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 four 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 coached the United States Olympic team on four separate occasions, including 1984 (Los Angeles), 1988 (Seoul), 1996 (Atlanta) and 2012 (London). Also, Panzano has served as coach for the Pan American Team, World Championships 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 sons, Vincent and Bryan and a grandson, Luca.

Vince Panzano has coached...

13............NCAA Champions

9............Olympians

23............U.S. National Champions

92............All-Americans

59............Big Ten Champions

Coach Award of Excellence to Panzano

Panzano was honored with the Coach Award of Excellence from USA Diving in 2009 (along with co-recipient Jeff Huber, from Indiana) after his divers' performances at the AT&T National Diving Championships in August in Tallahassee, Fla.

Senior Katie Bell captured a national championship on platform - the 23rd USA Diving national champion for Panzano - and five other divers turned in top eight performances: Sean Moore captured a bronze medal after placing third on the 10-meter platform with Wes Wieser sixth; Ryan Jefferson was seventh on the three-meter; Bianca Alvarez was fifth on three-meter with Kristen Asman seventh.

Panzano is a four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year and he has twice been awarded USA Diving's "Mike Peppe Award" - named after the legendary Ohio State coach - as the national Coach of the Year. He has coached 12 NCAA champions in addition to his 23 U.S. national champions, 9 Olympians, 86 All-Americans and 59 Big Ten Conference champions.

Ohio State: 62 NCAA National Champions

The 2008 NCAA national championships won by Chelsea Davis, who was named Tri-Diver of the Year after the national championships, and Sean Moore represent the 61st and 62nd individual diving national titles for Ohio State and increased coach Vince Panzano's national champions total to 13, with 12 of those champions Buckeyes (he coached one NCAA champion at Tennessee).

Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Coached By Vince Panzano

Inducted..........Diver

2013..........David Pichler

2005..........Patrick Jeffrey

2005..........Laura Profumo

2002..........Kim Fugett

2000..........Carrie Irish Finneran

2000..........Kent Vosler

1996..........Karen LaFace

1996..........Kelly McCormick

1993..........Mark Bradshaw

Vince Panzano's Ohio State NCAA Champions

Year.......... Diver................Event

2008.......... Chelsea Davis.........3-Meter

2008.......... Sean Moore...........10-Meter Platform

2003.......... Natalia Diea.........10-Meter Platform

1991.......... David Pichler........10-Meter Platform

1988.......... Debbie Fuller........10-Meter Platform

1988.......... Patrick Jeffrey.......3-Meter

1988.......... Patrick Jeffrey.......1-Meter

1988............Patrick Jeffrey............10 meter platform

1987.......... Karen LaFace..........1-Meter

1987.......... Kim Fugett..........3-Meter

1987.......... Mike Wantuck..........3-Meter

1983.......... Mark Bradshaw.........3-Meter