Mavs hire Pearsall to be diving coach

A former national diving champion will coach the Colorado Mesa University men’s and women’s divers next year.

Colorado Mesa head swimming and diving coach Ron Allen announced the hiring of Logan Pearsall to take over the men’s and women’s diving programs for the 2014-15 academic year.

Pearsall was the head diving coach at Pace University, where he coached three women qualifiers for the NCAA Division II national championships this past season. He also coached the Whirlwind Diving club team, where he developed numerous age-group national qualifiers. Pearsall coached divers at NCAA Division III Wheaton (Illinois) College in 2012-13.

“The position itself is very attractive, I think,” Allen said. “He wants to be a diving coach at a high level.”

Pearsall won four NCAA Division II diving titles between the 1- and 3-meter springboards and was a six-time All-American at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. His four NCAA titles tie him for the most ever in NCAA Division II men’s diving. He was the NCAA Division II Diver of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

Pearsall has four of the 38 national diving titles at Clarion, which Allen called the premier Division II diving program.

Former CMU diving coach Chuck Edgar will not return. Edgar was the only diving coach in the program’s history.

“We needed to go in a different direction,” Allen said. “(Pearsall) is a young up-and-comer. He’s top-notch.”

Three Colorado Mesa divers return next year — Savannah Craft, Amanda Jennings and Ryan Popp. All three have qualified for nationals.

Six-time All-American Brock Martin graduated this spring.


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