Kenyon College Names Ron Kontura As Head Diving Coach

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July 27th, 2017 College, NCAA Division III

With a wealth of experience from nearly every level of competition, Ron Kontura joins the Kenyon College swimming and diving program as the Lords and Ladies head diving coach. He replaces Andy Scott, who resigned after five successful seasons that included four individual NCAA women’s diving titles and the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Diving Coach of the Year award.Kontura comes to Kenyon by way of Columbus, Ohio, where he spent the last few months as coach of The Ohio State University diving club.

Kontura comes to Kenyon by way of Columbus, Ohio, where he spent the last few months as coach of The Ohio State University diving club.“Ron is a highly accomplished diving coach, but it is his commitment to the student-athlete development that makes him a great fit for Kenyon and our program,” Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach Jess Book said. “He has an appreciation for athletic performance at the highest level, as well as a commitment to the development of the whole person.”

“Ron is a highly accomplished diving coach, but it is his commitment to the student-athlete development that makes him a great fit for Kenyon and our program,” Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach Jess Book said. “He has an appreciation for athletic performance at the highest level, as well as a commitment to the development of the whole person.”From 2006 through 2014, Kontura served as the diving coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he led all aspects of the program, including athlete development,

From 2006 through 2014, Kontura served as the diving coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he led all aspects of the program, including athlete development, recruitment and compliance. Prior to that, he was the diving coach at University of California-Berkeley for three seasons.Kontura earned his first head coaching position at Allegheny College in 1994-95. With the Gators, he coached four NCAA Division III All-Americans. He then moved on to the University of Michigan as a volunteer assistant for a year before taking over as a head coach at Illinois State University, where he remained for four seasons. While at Illinois State, Kontura found time to also coach and direct a club team, the Redbird Diving Club, which developed four national Junior Olympic qualifiers.

Kontura earned his first head coaching position at Allegheny College in 1994-95. With the Gators, he coached four NCAA Division III All-Americans. He then moved on to the University of Michigan as a volunteer assistant for a year before taking over as a head coach at Illinois State University, where he remained for four seasons. While at Illinois State, Kontura found time to also coach and direct a club team, the Redbird Diving Club, which developed four national Junior Olympic qualifiers.Between his time at Illinois State and California, Kontura worked as both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, California. He coached the Nadadores to the 2003 West National title and produced individual Junior Olympics national champions, as well as high school All-Americans.

Between his time at Illinois State and California, Kontura worked as both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, California. He coached the Nadadores to the 2003 West National title and produced individual Junior Olympics national champions, as well as high school All-Americans.Kontura’s resume also includes a Patriot League Coach of the Year award. He coached at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials. Additionally, he served as Chairman of USA Masters Diving from 2012 to 2016 and served on the USA Diving Rules Committee from 2008 to 2014.

Kontura’s resume also includes a Patriot League Coach of the Year award. He coached at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials. Additionally, he served as Chairman of USA Masters Diving from 2012 to 2016 and served on the USA Diving Rules Committee from 2008 to 2014.

Kontura earned his master’s degree in business administration from Illinois State in 1999 and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University in 1991.

Press Release courtesy of Kenyon Athletics.

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Wally Morton

Good Luck Ron!

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