Swimming & Diving
Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Head Diving Coach
Nunzio Esposto begins his third season with the Duke swimming and diving coaching staff after joining the program as the head diving coach in the summer of 2013.
In 2014-15, MaryEllen Targonski wrapped up an impressive rookie campaign by representing the Blue Devils in the ACC platform championship final. She went on to final on the platform and on the 1-meter springboard at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships. All four of Esposto's divers qualified for the Zones meet, and the group also combined for 61 points at the conference championship.
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 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 former Duke diver and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory 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.
Esposto has also been a part of the USA Diving national team coaching staff on several occasions. He was most recently named to the USA Diving staff for the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russa, where he will coach former Blue Devil standout Abby Johnston. Esposto has also overseen athletes at 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.
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.