2012 Big Ten Men's Swim and Dive Championships - Day 3 Recap
Widely regarded as the finest diving coach in the nation, Dr. Jeff Huber is in his 24th year as the men's and women's diving coach at Indiana University and his 37th year of collegiate coaching.
During his tenure, Indiana divers have flourished under the 12-time U.S. National Coach of the Year. In Huber, Indiana divers work daily with a mentor who served as a coach for the United States at three of the last four Olympic games. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on 14 occasions (six for women's and eight for men's) and has coached student-athletes to 42 Big Ten titles and 19 Big Ten Divers of the Year in his 23-year tenure at IU.
In October 2012, Huber was given the Mike Peppe Award by USA Diving for the 12th time in his career and the fifth-straight year after leading Indiana Diving to the overall team title at the AT&T National Diving Championships in August.
The 2011-12 season was a big one for the IU men's diving team. Sophomore Darian Schmidt was named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships after winning his first conference title on the 3-meter springboard. He also placed third on the 1-meter and teamed up with Mick Dell'Orco for a win in the exhibition 3-meter synchro event.
Sophomore Conor Murphy took second on the platform with a career-best score of 426.55. That is the fifth-highest score in school history. Junior Zac Nees posted top-10 finishes on the 1-meter (sixth), 3-meter (third) and platform (fourth).
Nees went on to earn Big Ten Diver of the Year accolades after placing 13th on the 1-meter, sixth on the 3-meter and eighth on the platform at the NCAA Championships. Darian Schmidt also earned All-America honors on the 1-meter (12th), 3-meter (7th) and platform (16th). Murphy earned his first All-America accolade on the platform with a fifth-place finish.
Last season senior Gabby Agostino led the way for the Hoosier women, taking fourth on the 1-meter, third on the 3-meter and sixth on the platform at the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers were without the services of Laura Ryan and Amy Cozad at the Big Ten meet as they represented the U.S. at the FINA World Cup in London.
Both divers were back in action at the NCAA Championships, led by a third-place finish from Cozad in the platform event. Ryan finished 12th on the 1-meter and eighth on the 3-meter.
In 2010-11, freshman Laura Ryan won her first Big Ten title, taking the platform crown. She also placed second on the 1-meter and third on the 3-meter. At the NCAA Championships, Amy Cozad earned All-America honors on the platform.
In the summer of the 2011, Indiana took home the women's team and combined team titles at the USA Diving Summer Nationals. Cozad and former Hoosier Amy Korthauer both earned a spot on Team USA for the 2011 Pan Am games, while Cozad finished 13th on the platform at the 2011 World University Games. Cozad and Korthauer combined for a fourth-place finish in synchronized platform at the Games. Huber served as an assistant coach with the USA Diving delegation at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
In 2009-10, senior Amy Korthauer earned a spot on the USA Diving FINA World Cup team, participating in the women's platform competition in Changzhou, China at the major international event of 2010. Gabby Agostino won her first Big Ten title with a triumph on the platform and went on to earn All-America honors on the 1-meter springboard and platform. Korthauer was eighth on the platform at Big Tens and went on to place fifth at the NCAA Championships.
During the summer of 2010, sophomore Amy Cozad and IU newcomer Laura Ryan teammed up to win a national title in the women's synchronized platform competition on the final day of the 2010 AT&T USA Diving National Championships, and the Hoosiers went home with the combined team title.
The 2008-09 season was a big one for Huber and his protége Christina Loukas as Loukas won the NCAA 3-meter diving title with a record score of 437.75. Loukas also took second in the one-meter competition to earn NCAA Diver of the Year honors. She was also the Big Ten champion on the 3-meter and was named Big Ten Diver of the Year as well as Big Ten Diver of the Championships.
Indiana nearly swept the 3-meter event at NCAAs with Brittney Feldman placing third, while she also placed 13th on the 1-meter. During the summer of 2009, Feldman and Heidi Mahnken teamed up to win a bronze in synchronized platform at the AT&T National Diving Championships, while Loukas won a national title on the 1-meter. Indiana Diving won the women's and combined team championships at the meet, while Loukas was awarded the individual high scorer award.
Feldman had her coming-out party in 2008, capturing the 1-meter and 3-meter titles at the Big Ten Championships, before going on to finish third on the one-meter and fifth on the three-meter at the NCAA Championships. For her efforts she was named Big Ten Diver of the Year and Big Ten Diver of the Championship.
Loukas redshirted the 2007-08 season to focus on the 2008 Olympics and it paid off as the All-American was named to her first Olympic squad with a win on the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Diving trials. It is the third-straight Olympics that IU has been represented by a female diver, following in the footsteps of Sara Reiling-Hildebrand (2000, 2004), Kimiko Hirai (2004) and Cassandra Cardinell (2004). When you include the men's competitors, Indiana has had an Olympic diver at every games since 1992.
On the men's side, Landon Marzullo made a splash at the national level by winning Big Ten titles on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. Those victories resulted in Big Ten Diver of the Year, Big Ten Diver of the Championship and Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades. Marzullo went on to earn All-America honors in both events at the NCAA Championships.
At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, Loukas turned in one of the most dominant performances in Big Ten diving history, becoming just the fourth league diver to win all three diving events at the meet. Loukas set a new school and Big Ten record in winning the platform and a new school record in taking the 3-meter, earning Big Ten Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships honors for the third straight year. Huber was named the Big Ten Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
Loukas went on to earn first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in the 1-meter, blowing away her old school record with a six-dive total of 360.35. Feldman finished 10th, and Lindsay Weigle 13th to earn honorable mention All-America honors. Weigle finished as runner-up on the platform and was a finalist on the 3-meter. Not done yet, Loukas snagged her first national title with a win in the 1-meter at the 2007 Kaiser Permanente National Championships, a title she defended in 2008 and 2009. She was also a silver medalist in the 3-meter and earned a bronze in the 3-meter synchro at the World University Games. The Indiana women secured the team title at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Senior National Diving Championships.
At the 2006 NCAA Championships, Loukas became the first three-time championship finalist for the Hoosiers since Reiling-Hildebrand in 2002. Loukas placed fifth on the 1-meter, second on the 3-meter and sixth on the tower. Overall, the Hoosiers claimed a total of 11 All-America certificates under Huber in 2006.
The Hoosiers also performed well at their respective Big Ten Championships. On the men's side, Brian Mariano garnered Big Ten Diver of the Championships. It marked the seventh time since the inception of the award in 1991 that a Hoosier claimed or shared the award. He also received co-Big Ten Diver of the Year. Mariano snared the platform crown, while Taylor Roberts seized the three-meter title.
On the women's side of the ledger, Loukas became the first back-to-back conference titleist for the Hoosiers with a 1-meter win since Reiling-Hildebrand won the 1-meter and platform events in 2002 and 2003. That effort netted Loukas Big Ten Co-Diver of the Year and Co-Diver of the Championships for the second consecutive season.
Huber's pupils had a breakout campaign in 2005. At the NCAA Championships, Cassandra Cardinell acquired several noteworthy addendums to her resume with a triumph on the tower at NCAAs. Cardinell became the first Hoosier to win a national championship since Kimiko Hirai claimed the one-meter crown in 1996 and became IU's first non-one-meter national champion. For Cardinell's efforts and the performances of Loukas and Lisa Silvestri, Huber picked up NCAA National Coach of the Year honors.
At the Big Ten Championships, the men combined to score 233 of the 497 team points. The total bested the Big Ten diving mark of 183 points, established by IU in 2003. Additionally, the women combined to score 214 of the 497 team points at Big Tens. The total bested the Big Ten diving mark of 123 points, established by the Hoosiers in 2003.
Meanwhile, Loukas earned Big Ten Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships, while Huber, the lone unanimous award winner, claimed the Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year honor. Additionally, Cardinell garnered first team recognition. On the men's side, Huber picked up his second Diving Coach of the Year honor in two weeks, while Carlton captured Diver of the Year, Diver of the Championships and First Team All-Big Ten accolades. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Huber served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Diving Team. Three former and current Hoosier divers represented the U.S. at the Games. Former Hoosier All-Americans Reiling-Hildebrand and Cardinell, both of which trained with Huber, were among the members of the U.S. Olympic Diving team. Reiling-Hildebrand and Cardinell competed in the synchro 10-meter platform event and finished seventh overall.
Reiling-Hildebrand also competed in the 10-meter platform competition at the 2004 Olympics. Reiling-Hildebrand qualified for the finals with an 14th-place finish in the semifinals and finished 10th overall in the event. The Reiling-Hildebrand-Cardinell duo won the 10-meter synchro event at the U.S. Olympic Trials to earn their spot in Athens. Huber led a contingent of nine Hoosiers to the U.S. Olympic Trials.
In 2003, Huber's divers won three Big Ten titles on the women's side. That year he sent four divers to the NCAA Championships, with all four earning All-America honors. Huber and his divers captured a clean sweep of the Big Ten Conference diving awards that year. Reiling-Hildebrand was named the Big Ten Women's Diver of the Year and the Diver of the Championship. Carlton also earned Big Ten Diver of the Year honors and the Co-Diver of the Championship award. Huber was named the Big Ten Women's Diving Coach of the Year and Big Ten Men's Diving Coach of the Year.
Individually, several current and former Hoosiers produced successful performances at the 2003 Speedo National Diving Championship. Reiling-Hildebrand and Cardinell finished first and second, respectively, for the women's all-around award. IU also captured three event titles. Cardinell and Reiling-Hildebrand were champions in both the synchro three-meter and synchro platform events. Reiling-Hildebrand also added a title on the three-meter.
For the men, Carlton and Mariano placed second in the synchro three-meter event. The duo also finished sixth in the synchro platform. Carlton came in eighth on the platform and 10th on the three-meter.
The Hoosier men and women captured the combined team national championship at Speedo U.S. Nationals. IU won the women's category and the Hoosier men took third.
There has hardly been enough room on the podium for Huber and his divers at the Big Ten Championships. In 1999, Mike Collier was the 1-meter Big Ten champion and was also named Big Ten Diver of the Year for the third time. He completed the season with All-American honors in all three events and was also the World University Games U.S. team captain. That same year, the men's and women's diving teams each placed second and combined to win their fourth straight national championship at the indoor and outdoor U.S. Nationals.
The 1998 Big Ten Championships featured Collier's victory on the 10-meter platform and Tom Davidson's win on 1-meter springboard. Collier earned Diver of the Year and Davidson garnered Diver of the Championships. In 1998 and 1999, Huber won his second and third Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, respectively.
At the 1997 Big Ten Championships, IU accomplished a quadruple-double as Huber earned both the women's and men's Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, Jenny Dixon won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, Collier captured the 1-meter championship, and Davidson secured the 3-meter title. Dixon and Collier both claimed Diver of the Year while Davidson picked up Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
At the national level, Huber's U.S. Diving résumé is extensive. He has coached the Indiana diving program to 13 (four indoor, nine outdoor) U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships, with the 13th earned in August of 2009. In 2003, Huber also claimed induction into the State of Indiana Swimming and Diving Wall of Fame.
Internationally, Huber earned the honor of serving as a coach for the United States Olympic Team in the summer of 2000. This marked the second time that the Indiana head coach appeared on the world's biggest stage, as he also coached for the Dominican Republic at the 1984 Olympic Games. Huber added to his already impressive international experience during the summer of 2003, serving as the head coach of the U.S. National Team. He was the co-head coach for the United States at the Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Among his other international experience includes coaching at the 2009 World Championships, the 1998 Goodwill Games, the 1991, 2005 and 2007 World University Games and numerous Grand Prix international meets. He has been named a U.S. Olympic Festival coach twice.
Huber's success at Indiana has been remarkable. During his 23 years, Indiana divers have achieved All-America more than 75 times. That list of divers includes Loukas, the 2009 NCAA 3-meter champion, Cardinell, the 2005 NCAA platform champion, Kimiko Hirai-Soldati, the 1996 NCAA 1-meter diving champion and Mark Lenzi, the 1989 and 1990 1-meter NCAA champion and 1992 Olympic gold medalist.
Prior to his arrival at Indiana, Huber placed his name squarely on the coaching map with the success his teams achieved at the University of Nebraska. Huber coached both the Cornhuskers' men and women for 11 years. During that time, Nebraska divers won 27 Big Eight Conference championship titles, 20 NCAA All-America awards, and two Academic All-America accolades, while setting nine conference records. Huber coached 10 U.S. national finalists and directed his team to a third-place team award at the 1988 U.S. Indoor National Championships. He garnered Big Eight Coach of the Year recognition in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989.
While at Nebraska in 1987, Huber received the coaches' Whosam Award. In honor of former Olympic gold medalist Dr. Sammy Lee, the award is given annually to a person who has demonstrated the high values and ideals and a commitment to the sport of diving.
Huber remains very active in the diving community. He has served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Diving, Inc. and was Rules Chairman for the organization. He is a member of the NCAA Rules Subcommittee for Diving, and former Chairman for the United States Diving Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Big Ten Diving Coaches Committee.
He also has authored numerous articles for several publications, including The Diver, National Strength and Conditioning Journal, RIP Magazine, U.S. Diving Coach Development Manual and The Sport Psychologist, an international research journal. In 2001, he authored a series of diving training videotapes and in 2006 he authored two chapters in the USA Diving coach development reference manual.
A native of Buena Park, Calif., Huber was a California state high school diving champion and record-holder, a four-time letterman at the University of Wisconsin, and was a finalist at both the Big Ten and U.S. National Championships. He also qualified for and competed at the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials. He received a bachelor's degree in English and Education in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin and went on to earn a master's in English in 1978 at California State University-Fullerton, while working as head diving coach at Cypress College. Huber completed a master's in education in curriculum and instruction and a Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1985 and 1989, respectively, both from the University of Nebraska. Huber is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, and the Department of Kinesiology.
Huber's wife, Dr. Lesa Huber, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. Their daughter Julia (26) graduated from IU in May 2008 and served as a staff assistant for Sen. Evan Bayh in Washington, D.C. Their son David (23) is an IU graduate.