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Sports - April 25, 2014

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END OF AN ERA . . . Dr. Rick Schavone, one of the nation's premier diving instructors, announced his retirement last week after 36 seasons as Stanford's head coach. Dr. Schavone is the architect of a Cardinal diving program that he took to unprecedented heights during his time on The Farm. "I knew the time was coming. I'll be 65-years old in a month, so I decided the time is now," Schavone said. "I've been very lucky to spend 36 years at a great university coaching some amazing student-athletes. I want to thank all the Stanford divers for a wonderful rewarding journey. I hope that I've added something to their lives, for I can assure you they have to mine." Taking over a program that was once an afterthought when he first started in the 1970s, Schavone has molded Stanford into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation. A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007, 2013), Schavone is also nine-time recipient of the Pac-12 Diving Coach of the Year award (1995 -- men, 1995 -- women, 1997 -- women, 1999 -- women, 2000 -- women, 2007 -- women, 2008 -- women, 2013 -- men, 2014 -- men). Dr. Schavone served on Team USA's Olympic coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics after two of his divers earned their first Olympic nods. Kristian Ipsen won the 3-meter synchro and Cassidy Krug won the individual 3-meter event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Krug was seventh off the 3-meter springboard at the 2012 Olympics. Ispen went on to win the bronze medal in his respective event at the 2012 Olympics with partner Troy Dumais. Dr. Schavone has coached men and women divers to 18 team national championships (9 - NCAA men's, 8 - NCAA women's, 1- AIAW women's), 50 conference team championships, 40 individual Pac-12 titles and 92 All-America honors. Schavone has coached at least one All-American diver in 30 of the past 32 seasons.

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