Aug. 10, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Ron Kontura has been named head coach of men's and women's diving at the University of California, executive associate athletic director Teresa Kuehn announced today.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to enhance our coaching staff by adding such a high-quality and energetic diving coach," Kuehn said. "Ron Kontura brings to Cal more than a decade of experience in elite-level diving and I am confident that he is the right person to build our diving programs to the world-class level. The Cal Aquatics family is excited about Ron joining our program."
Kontura brings elite club and collegiate experience to Berkeley over a 10-year career. Kontura was both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, Calif., from 2002-2003. Kontura coached the Nadadores to the 2003 West National title and produced individual Junior Olympics national champions and high school All-Americans. In addition to his experience as the director of business operations for the club, Kontura has experience in private industry in real estate development and marketing.
"I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Golden Bear Family. I am looking forward to working with Nort and Teri, and competing with them at the national level," Kontura said.
Prior to going into private business, Kontura was the head diving coach at Illinois State University from 1996 to 2000. At Illinois State, Kontura's emphasis on academics kept the team GPA above 3.4 in all four of his seasons. At the same time, Kontura found time to coach and direct a club team, the Redbird Diving Club, which developed four national Junior Olympic qualifiers.
Kontura was an assistant diving coach at the University of Michigan where he helped mentor two All-Americans on Michigan's 1995-96 Big Ten Championship team. That same swimming and diving team placed third at NCAA Championships. Kontura gained his first head coaching experience as the head diving coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where he coached four NCAA Division III All-Americans from 1994-1995.
Kontura earned his Master's in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1999 and his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1991.