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Russ  Dekker

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Diving Coach

Alma Mater:
Eastern Michigan '97


Derick Roe Named Interim Swimming and Diving Head Coach

Roe to handle coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the year

Russ Dekker - the 2014 Mid-American Conference Diving Coach of the Year - enters his 11th season at the helm of the Ohio University diving program in 2014-15.

The Bobcat diving squad has undergone a renaissance of sorts under Dekker's watch. The top five divers in Ohio history have all been coached by Dekker, and the `Cats have qualified four divers for the NCAA Zone Championships in each of the last three seasons.

In 2013-14, Dekker tutored Morgan Srail to the MAC three-meter diving title. The junior set a school record with a score of 339.05 and became the first Bobcat to win the MAC three-meter dive title since Dayna Green achieved the feat in 1987. Senior Kristin Capcik medaled for the first time in her career at the conference championships, recording a score of 300.15 to place third on the one-meter. She followed that performance up by placing fifth in the three-meter with a score of 323.05. Redshirt senior MaryRose Hillstrom also added points for the Bobcats, finishing sixth on both the one-meter and the three-meter.

The Bobcats also excelled in the classroom, with Hillstrom earning 2014 Capital One Academic All-District ® 5 Women's At-Large First Team selection and joining Capcik on the Academic All-MAC Team for the third time in their careers. Srail garnered Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention.

The 2012-13 campaign saw Ohio diving enjoy an undefeated regular season. Highlights included a school-record performance of 325.27 on the one-meter dive by then-sophomore Haleigh Bartlett against Toledo. Capcik also broke the school's three-meter dive record at the time with a 337.35 at Toledo. The divers scored more points at the MAC Championships than the program ever had before.

In 2011-12, Hillstrom finished as the conference runner-up on the one-meter dive, breaking the school record at the time with a 318.10. Srail also finished as the runner-up on the three-meter, breaking the school record at the time with a 333.10. Four Bobcats qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships competition, equaling the number of divers who had qualified in the previous five seasons combined.

Dekker mentored his first MAC Diver of the Year in 2010-11 in Lindsay Hamilton. Hamilton won the league's one-meter board title and set both the one-meter and three-meter school records at the time during the season.

Prior to Ohio, Dekker completed three seasons as the men's and women's diving coach at the University of Wyoming. During his tenure in Laramie, the Cowboys and Cowgirls established themselves as one of the elite diving programs in the Mountain West Conference, highlighted by six divers qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Zone E Championships. Wyoming divers routinely were named to the all-conference team under Dekker's tutelage.

Before going to Wyoming, Dekker was the Ypsilanti High School diving coach from 1996-2001 and the assistant coach of the Legacy and Chippewa USA Diving clubs. During his time in Ypsilanti, Dekker coached three Michigan state diving champions, nine NISCA All-Americans and the 2001 national high school runner-up. Dekker was named the Michigan State High School Diving Coach of the Year for both 1999 and 2000. While with the Legacy Diving Club, he coached 11 junior national qualifiers and three senior national qualifiers.

Dekker competed collegiately at Eastern Michigan University. He was selected the MAC Diver of the Year in 1995 and was a four-time NCAA Zone Championship qualifier and a three-time Academic All-MAC selection. He helped lead Eastern Michigan to three MAC team championships in the four years he competed. While attending Eastern Michigan, Dekker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in communications.