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Bob Rydze
Bob Rydze

Diving Coach

37th Season

Alma Mater:
University of Maryland 1970


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Bob Rydze is in his 37th year of being the diving coach at the University of Iowa. During this time he has coached 18 NCAA All-Americans who received 42 All-American honors. He has also coached four Olympians, nine divers who have competed in the World Championships, five Big Ten champions who have won seven titles, 35 Big Ten finalists, 25 NCAA qualifiers and an NCAA Champion. He was also a key member of the coaching staff under Glen Patton that won the 1981 and 1982 Big Ten Championships.

Since 1975, Rydze has coached numerous USA and foreign international teams, including the 1977 World Age team, the 1983 and 1993 World University Games teams and the 2005 Super Grand Prix. He also was the 1988 Polish team coach for the Olympic Games, and was the 2003 Dutch World coach.

Rydze served as the Team Leader for the USA Diving Teams from 2005-08, which included the 2008 Olympic Team, 2005 and 2007 World Championships and the 2006 and 2008 World Cups.

Rydze has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times (1985, 1986, 1995, 2011), while also being named the National Age Group Coach of the Year in 1977. He was inducted in the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1990.

Rydze has held numerous positions with USA Diving and the NCAA. He was the USA Diving age group rules chairman (1975-79), while being a member of the NCAA Diving Rules Committee from 1981-84 and 2003-2008. He was also the the Chairman of the Committee for Competitive Excellence of USA Diving from 2006-2008, and is presently the Chairman of the Board of USA Diving.

Rydze coached at Eastern Michigan from 1971-73, where he led the Eagles to the NCAA college division swimming and diving championship. Rydze's divers went first, second and fifth in the three meter event. In 1972-73, EMU joined the Mid-American Conference, where Rydze had five of the eight finalists in the one and three meter events and his diver won both boards.

Rydze then went on to coach at the Dad's club in Houston, Texas, from 1973-75, where he led his age group to three titles and the national age group team title.

Rydze graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history, and he competed on the 1969-70 ACC Championship team. He then received his master's degree in history from Eastern Michigan in 1973.

He and his wife, Elaine, have three children -- BO, Robin, and Veronica. Elaine was a Big Ten Champion in the 400 hurdles at Michigan State, Veronica dives at Iowa, where she is an All-American on one meter.

Rydze's brother, Dr. Richard Rydze, was a silver medalist in the 1972 Olympic Games, and his father was the 1973-76 FINA representatives for the United States in diving.

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