With over 17 years of competitive diving coaching experience, Ron Kontura, begins his seventh year as diving coach at West Point
Kontura was named Patriot League Diving Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 thanks in large part to the emergence of Chris Nguyen as one of the top divers in the conference.
Kontura helped Nguyen shatter Academy records off both boards at last season's league championships en route to Diver of the Meet honors.
In his first three seasons with the Black Knights, his divers broke three of the four Academy diving records. In 2008, Greg Sievers '08 smashed both the 1-meter and 3-meter marks, while Lindsey Adao '10 put together a record-setting performance on the 1-meter board.
Prior to West Point, Kontura served as the diving coach at the University of California-Berkeley and saw several divers set numerous school records during his tenure. In 2005, the divers were a key reason the squad finished atop the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Dual Meet poll.
That same year, he also led a group of the nation's top young divers to a team championship at the Junior Pan-American Games in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During the summer of 2008, he led Team USA to a tie for third place at the FINA Junior World Championships in Aachen, Germany.
Before his tenure at Berkeley, Kontura coached the Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving Club, leading the 2003 team to the West Junior National Title.
From 1996-2000, Kontura coached at Illinois State University where he helped produce the first Academic All-American in program history, while his divers broke every school record. He also coached and directed the Redbird Diving Club, which developed numerous Junior Olympic qualifiers and one Olympic Trials participant.
Kontura's coaching abilities were molded by his mentors Dick Kimball and Hobie Billingsley, both legendary Olympic coaches. As an assistant coach at Michigan, Kontura worked with Kimball to produce two All-American divers and also helped the women's program to the 1996 Big Ten Championship and a third-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
He had the opportunity to train alongside Billingsley leading up to the 1996 Olympics, and saw one of his teammates, Mark Lenzi, go on to win a spring board gold medal in 1992 and a bronze in 1996.
Kontura began his collegiate coaching career at Allegheny College from 1994-1995 where he developed four NCAA Division III All-Americans.
A 1996 USA Diving National Team member, Kontura medaled four times at USA Diving Nationals. Still active in the sport, Kontura has been a U.S. Masters National Champion since 1994, and recently won a gold and two silver medals at the 2006 FINA World Masters Diving Championships.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kontura was a four-year letterman at Ohio University, while working toward a degree in business administration in 1991. He also earned his MBA from Illinois State University in 1999.
Kontura currently resides in Cornwall, N.Y. with his wife Erin, son Kyler and daughter Auden.