Keith Miller (pictured) has been at the helm of the Harvard diving program for 24 years. (Rose Lincoln)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Nichols Family Director of Athletics, Bob Scalise, and Harvard University are excited to announce the 18th endowed coaching position: The Class of 1989 Head Coach for Diving. Thanks to an anonymous donation, Harvard's Diving coach position will now exist in perpetuity.
"I am thrilled that one of our diving alums has stepped forward to endow the Head Coach for Diving at Harvard," Scalise said. "Diving is an integral part of our swimming programs and this gift will ensure that we always will have an outstanding, dedicated diving professional at the helm. I'm very proud of Keith Miller, our long-time diving coach who will be the first incumbent in this position. Keith's success as a coach, educator, and advocate for diving makes him an excellent leader of our program."
Keith Miller, who has guided Harvard's diving program for 24 seasons, has turned the Crimson into an Ivy League power. Under his tutelage, Harvard has amassed 19 combined Ivy League champions on the boards.
"This gift is a tremendous statement for the sport of diving, not just at Harvard, but across the country," Miller said. "To my knowledge, this is the very first fully endowed diving coach position among NCAA institutions.
"We have been so fortunate to be part of a program with an integrated coaching staff that supports all of the athletes equally – swimmers and divers alike. That's not always the case, and this unprecedented gesture can only help to emphasize the importance of providing divers with the support and expertise they need at all levels – not just in training and competition but academically and personally, and well beyond the pool deck.
I hope this serves as an example for other swimming and diving programs, and I know that it will enhance the opportunities of our own divers, as well as the overall experience for both the men's and women's teams at Harvard."
Most recently, Mike Mosca '15 became the eighth diver to earn All-America honors between the men's and women's programs, but Harvard divers have earned countless invitations to Zone Qualifiers over the years as well.
"The endowment of the diving coach position is one more indicator of how important diving is as a sport at Harvard," said the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, Kevin Tyrrell. "The success of our diving program is crucial to our team's success in swimming and diving for both the men's and women's programs. This endowment acknowledges the outstanding job that Keith Miller continues to do as a coach and mentor of his athletes."
Added The Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving, Stephanie Wriede-Morawski: "The fact that this endowment comes during Keith Miller's tenure says a significant amount about his ability to mentor athletes and connect with alumni. We are thrilled for Keith and the larger diving community."
Both swimming and diving teams, rich in tradition and support from alumni, will be celebrating milestone years in 2014-15. This is the 85th season for the men's program, while the women's side marks year No. 40 as a varsity sport at Harvard.