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Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Nunzio Esposto
Head Diving Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Diving Coach
Alma Mater: North Carolina '91
Phone: (919) 681-5624

Nunzio Esposto joined the Blue Devil swimming and diving program as the head diving coach in the summer of 2013. Since then, he has helped to continue Duke's legacy as one of the top destinations for the country's best diving talent. 

Under Esposto's direction, freshman Evan Moretti turned in an impressive NCAA Championships debut in 2016, garnering honorable mention All-America accolades on the 3-meter springboard. One of just two rookies to advance to the 3-meter finals, Moretti finished 16th overall at the national meet after also reaching the 3-meter final at the ACC Championships. 

Esposto directed MaryEllen Targonski to consecutive appearances in the ACC women's platform final in 2015 and 2016, with Targonski taking home All-ACC honors in 2016. Five Blue Devil divers qualified for the NCAA Zone B Championships in 2016, while Esposto's group also accounted for 170 points at the conference championship, up from 61 points a year prior. 

In his first season at Duke, Esposto guided Nick McCrory to his fourth NCAA title in men’s platform diving and a pair of All-America accolades. Under Esposto’s tutelage, Duke’s six divers accounted for 125 points at the 2014 ACC Championships. Four of the Blue Devil divers competed at the 2014 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, with McCrory winning the 1-meter and platform events.

Esposto also boasts international coaching experience, working most recently with former Duke standout Abby Johnston, who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in women's individual 3-meter diving. Esposto was selected to serve on the U.S. Olympic Team coaching staff in Rio, and has also overseen athletes at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, the 2011 FINA World Series in Dubai, UAE, the 2006 Junior World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2005 Junior Pan American Games in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

Esposto returned to the collegiate coaching ranks after previously serving as the head diving coach at North Carolina from 1998 to 2002. During that time he also was the head coach of the North Carolina Aquatic Club Diving program, guiding his athletes to senior and junior nationals qualification as well as multiple North Carolina high school state titles. 

Following his tenure in Chapel Hill, Esposto served as the head coach of the Blue Devil Diving club program from 2003 to 2007. He directed McCrory, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, to a spot on the USA Diving Junior National team, as well as a junior national championship and a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in 2006.

After a short period away from coaching, Esposto returned to the sport as a coach at The American School for Diving in Durham in 2011, overseeing several junior national qualifiers. Throughout his coaching career he has also worked as a regional practice administrator in radiation oncology at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C.

An 11-time junior nationals finalist during his own diving career, Esposto earned a scholarship to North Carolina, where he was an All-ACC performer in each of his four seasons. He qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships each year, garnering a trip to the NCAA Championships as a senior in 1991. Esposto was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll on three occasions and was the recipient of the Osterneck Award as the team’s unsung hero his final year. He graduated from North Carolina with a degree in radiologic science in 1991.

A 1987 graduate of Butler High School in Butler, Pa., Esposto was inducted into the Butler, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.