Ohio State has one of the greatest and longest diving traditions in the history of the NCAA, from Mike Peppe, to Rob O’Brien, and most recently Vince Panzano.
But with Panzano retiring after last season, they had the challenge of finding a new coach, specifically just the 4th diving coach in the 82-year history of the program. No pressure.
Justin Sochor seems to have the potential to fit that bill, and he won’t be an unfamiliar face: he was the coach of the Ohio State Diving Club, who won their second-straight overall National Team Championship at the 2013 Junior National Championships.
Sochor was the interim head coach of the Ohio State Women at last year’s Big Ten Championships, where he put the finishing touches on them sweeping the Big Ten Championships with the now-graduated Bianca Alvarez winning both springboards and Cheyenne Cousineau winning the platform.
Among his honors, Sochor was the USA Diving Developmental Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012, the USOC’s 2013 USOC Developmental Coach of the year for Diving, and the head coach of the 2013 USA World Championships Team.
Ohio State will return Cheyenne Cousineau as a junior, who scored 17 NCAA points. The men return junior Shane Miszkiel, who scored 12 points with a 7th-place finish on the 3-meter.
Sochor won’t be alone in taking over for a legend in the Big Ten; Indiana replaced Jeff Huber with the 2012 Olympic Team coach Drew Johansen.