New Coaches Join Swimming And Diving Staff

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Head Coach Rick Kobe

Sept. 4, 2009

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Former Olympic gold medalist Mark Lenzi has been named diving coach at East Carolina University. Lenzi won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta on the three-meter springboard.

All totaled, Lenzi won 18 international competitions on the one and three-meter boards. He was the first American to win a gold medal on the one-meter springboard at the Pan Am Games and first American diver to perform a forward 4.5 somersault in competition.

He also set the world record on the three-meter springboard for 11 dives becoming the first diver to ever score over 700 (762.35) points.

Lenzi began his diving career at Indiana University in 1986 where he won five Big Ten titles. He also claimed two NCAA Championships in 1989 and '90 on the one-meter springboard and was named NCAA Diver-of-the-Year each season. After graduation he continued to train for the 1992 Olympic games and was the 1991 and '92 Phillips 66 Diver-of-the-Year, winning numerous medals in international competition.

A native of Fredricksburg, Va., Lenzi spent the past three years coaching the junior diving team at Indiana University with divers winning four national age group titles.

Ed Pretre, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Rutgers, has also joined the ECU swimming and diving coaching staff. Pretre coached a pair of Big East champions, one honorable mention All-American and numerous NCAA qualifiers and school record holders.

Prior to his coaching tenure at Rutgers, Pretre spent one season as an assistant coach at Princeton, where he helped coach the Tigers to the EISL Championship. He began his coaching career as the head coach at the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA where he produced a YMCA National Champion in the 100-meter breaststroke (2003, 2004), several YMCA All-Americans and numerous U.S Open and Junior National Qualifiers.

Pretre is a 1997 graduate of West Virginia University and former letterman on the Mountaineer swimming and diving team.