Kimball Returns to Swimming & Diving Staff as Volunteer Diving Coach
A national figure for the sport of diving, Dick Kimball is back on deck at the University of Michigan, returning as volunteer assistant coach beginning in the 2014-15 season. He will work alongside first-year diving coach Mike Hilde.
Kimball served a 43-year term as head diving coach at Michigan, holding the post from 1960-2002, while adding eight more seasons (2003-10) as the team's volunteer assistant. The 2001-02 season marked his 43rd and final as the head diving coach of the men's program and 27th for the women's team, although he has coached women divers at U-M even before they officially became a program.
During his time as head diving coach, Kimball helped the men's and women's swimming and diving teams win five NCAA championships and 33 Big Ten championships. In 1984, he was named NCAA Diving Coach of the Year for both the men and women, while earning the same honor in 1988 (for women only). At the Big Ten level, Kimball was a four-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year.
Kimball also boasts several decades worth of experience at the international level, mentoring nine Olympic medal winners, including gold medalists Bob Webster (1960, 1964 -- Platform), Micki King (1972 -- Three-Meter), Phil Boggs (1976 -- Three-Meter) and Mark Lenzi (1992 -- Three-Meter). He was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Team at five Olympic Games (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992), while coaching international divers at the 1968 and 1996 Olympic Games.
He also coached three Big Ten Women's Divers of the Year: Diane Dudeck (1984), three-time NCAA champion Mary Fischbach (1988) and Carrie Zarse (1995). In addition, he coached 16 divers (nine men, seven women) to Big Ten titles during his tenure.
Kimball was a three-time NCAA champion at Michigan, helping the Wolverines win three consecutive national championships, while winning individual titles on one-meter and three-meter in 1957.
He has received numerous awards and honors recognizing his contributions to the sport of diving. He was presented the Fred Cady Memorial Award following the 1972, 1976 and 1992 Olympic Games for "sincere dedication in achieving the ultimate in coaching the sport of diving." He was also the first diving coach to receive the Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy from the CSCAA in 1986. He was inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Hall of Honor in 1985.