of Nebraska head swimming and diving coach Pablo Morales announced
on Tuesday that he has hired former New Mexico diving coach
Jeff DiNicola to fill an open position on his staff.
experience and proven ability will not only insure a smooth
and successful transition for our diving program, but it will
also help serve the national objectives of this program,"
Morales said. "He has extensive experience and a very
impressive track record, and he is certainly one of the outstanding
young coaches in the nation."
DiNicola is looking
forward to joining the Nebraska swimming and diving program.
has the chance to be successful and to be dominant at the
NCAA level," DiNicola said. "I'm looking forward
to the opportunities and I'm looking forward to working with
to Nebraska after three seasons at New Mexico (2000-2003).
At UNM he had at least one diver compete at the NCAA Zone
Diving Championships each of the past three years, including
a pair of divers the last two seasons. Last season, DiNicola
coached Becca Barras to a Mountain West title on the one meter
and Tracey Berghian to a league title on the three meter.
With DiNicola's guidance, the duo earned co-Mountain West
Conference Divers of the Year honors. In 2003, DiNicola was
named MWC diving coach of the year.
DiNicola was hired in 1999 to revive the Lobos diving program
which had been dormant for five seasons.
"It is very
impressive what Jeff, in a span of three seasons, was able
to do with a previously non-existent program," Morales
said. "It bodes very well for his future here at the
University of Nebraska."
Prior to arriving
in Albuquerque, DiNicola also coached at his alma mater, Southwest
Missouri State, where he earned Missouri Valley Coach of the
Year honors in 2000.
A three-time MVC
selection at Southwest Missouri State, DiNicola was a two-time
conference diver of the year honoree (1996, 1999), and also
set a pool record on the three meter.
his degree from SMS in 2000 in drafting and design architectural
and mechanical, with a minor in construction.
DiNicola is married
to the former Vanessa Hunt and the couple is expecting their
first child in January.