Former Olympic gold medalist diver Mark Lenzi is in his first season as the Pirates' diving coach. Prior to joining the coaching staff at ECU, Lenzi coached the junior diving team at his alma mater, Indiana University, for the last three years with divers winning four national age group titles.
Lenzi won his first of two Olympic medals at the 1992 games in Barcelona. Lenzi defeated China's Tan Liangde by a whooping 31 points to win the gold medal on the three-meter springboard. He retired from competition following the games and was named World Springboard Diver-of-the-Year and was finalist for the Sullivan Award.
Three years later, Lenzi returned to competition with his eyes set upon winning another Olympic medal. He participated in several international competitions in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where set a world record and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on the three-meter springboard despite an injured shoulder. At the Atlanta games, he won the bronze medal.
Lenzi won 18 international competitions in all on the one and three-meter boards. He was the first American to win a gold medal at the Pan American Games on the one-meter springboard and was the first diver to score over 700 points (762.35) on the three-meter springboard for 11 dives.
He also became the first diver to score over 100 points on a single dive (reverse three-and-one-half tuck), which he accomplished twice. He was also the first American to complete a forward four-and-one-half somersault in competition.
As a diver at Indiana University, Lenzi won a pair of NCAA National Championships in 1989 and `90 on the one-meter springboard, becoming NCAA Diver-of-the-Year in each of those seasons. He also won five Big Ten titles.
In 1989 he earned a spot on the U.S. National Team before graduating from IU the following year with a general studies degree. After graduation he continued preparing for the 1992 Olympic games under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Coach Dick Kimball. Kimball's instruction helped Lenzi earn 1991 and `92 Phillips 66 Diver-of-the-Year honors.
Lenzi, who previously worked as radiological technician in Smithfield, N.C. as recent as 2006, resides in Greenville with his wife Dorothy.