Men's Swimming & Diving wins first-ever American conference championship
Kobe was an all-state quarterback and all-star baseball player
Rick Kobe became just the sixth coach in NCAA history to register 500 career victories.
The three-day event begins Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
Berenotto, Cepulis and Monahan each post four first-place finishes
For more than three decades, Rick Kobe has been responsible for making East Carolina swimming and diving one of the winningest programs in the country Since becoming the Pirates' head coach in 1982, Kobe's team have won over 70 percent of their dual meets. His 512 dual meet wins place him fifth all-time on the NCAA Division I list for men's and women's combined victories.
During his time at ECU, Kobe has helped the Pirates set 332 varsity records and 167 freshman records. He has coached four NCAA All-Americans, one Olympic participant, 157 individual event conference champions and 209 all-conference performers. Seventy-eight of his athletes have made their NCAA 'A' or 'B" cut and participated in nine NCAA Championships.
As the leader of the Pirates' swimming and diving program for the past 33 seasons, Kobe's teams have won nine conference team championships. Following the 2014-15 season, he was named the American Athletic Conference Men's Coach-of-the-Year marking the eighth time that he has received a coach-of-the-year honor. He has also tutored some of the top academic performers at ECU. Marc Cook (1991, `92) and Geoff Handsfield (2007, `08) were both two-time Academic All-America selections, with Andrew Stoker earning the same recognition in 2011.
Kobe served as an assistant coach for the Pirates from 1980-82 before taking over the men and women's swimming programs prior to the 1982-83 season. After one season, Kobe's workout regiment and recruiting abilities began to pay off as the men's team finished with an 8-4 dual meet record, and the women's program came away in even better fashion, sporting a 9-4 record.
From there, Kobe has taken the swimming program to a level unsurpassed in Pirate history. Through his team's success, Kobe has become the winningest coach in Pirate athletics' history. His .738 winning percentage is the best of any Pirate coach with at least five years at ECU since the school became a Division I institution in the mid 1960s.
Overall, Kobe's teams have combined for a 512-181-1 record. Just the fourth coach in the rich history of ECU swimming and diving, Kobe began his coaching career at West Virginia where he was an assistant from 1976-78. Beginning in 1978, he coached the Raleigh Swim Association and then, in 1980, came to ECU as an assistant coach under Ray Scharf. Kobe then took over the top spot in the Pirates' program on March 15, 1982.
Twelve of Kobe's former assistant coaches have moved on to become head coaches of their own at other schools.
A native of Windsor, Vt., Kobe swam competitively for Fairmont State (W.Va.) College, serving as team captain during his senior season. He earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1976 and obtained his master's degree in the same field from West Virginia in 1978.
He was elected to the Windsor (Vt.) High School Athletic Wall of Fame in 2014.
Kobe was one of the youngest coaches ever to receive the prestigious Master's Coach Award presented by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Kobe has two daughters: Suzanne, who is a 2007 graduate of New York University and Catherine, who is a 2011 graduate of N.C. State.
Kobe is married to the former Courtney Holton Welch and has three stepdaughters: Lindsay, Tyler, and Holton.
|College||Fairmont State College, 1976 (B.S.)
West Virginia University, 1978 (M.E.)
children: Suzanne, Catherine, Lindsay, Tyler, Holton
|College||Fairmont State College (1973-76)|
|1976-78||West Virginia University, assistant coach|
|1978-80||Raleigh Swim Association, head coach|
|1980-82||East Carolina University, assistant coach|
|1982-present||East Carolina University, head coach|
|1987-88||CAA Men's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year
Master Swim Coach
|1988-89||CAA Men's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|1994-95||CAA Women's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|1999-2000||CAA Women's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|2000-01||CAA Women's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|2002-03||Conference USA Women's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|20014-15||American Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Coach-of-the-Year|
|1985-86||CAA Men's Championship|
|1988-89||CAA Men's Championship|
|1994-95||CAA Women's Championship|
|1995-96||CAA Women's Championship|
|1996-97||CAA Women's Championship|
|1999-2000||CAA Women's Championship|
|2000-01||ECAC Women's Championship|
|2002-03||Conference USA Women's Championship|
|2014-15||American Athletic Conference Men's Championship|
|HEAD COACHING RECORD