Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
U.S. National Team coach Drew Johansen enters his sixth season as the Blue Devils' diving coach in 2012-13.
Johansen is coming off of the most significant season of his coaching career, with the 2011-12 campaign culminating in a pair of Olympic medals captured by Duke divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory at the 2012 London Games.
As the head coach of the United States diving team in London, Johansen oversaw a squad that collected one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in a historic showing for the Americans. Johnston and Kelci Bryant garnered the United States' first Olympic medal in a synchronized diving event, taking silver in the women's synchronized 3-meter event. One day later, McCrory and David Boudia brought home the second medal for the U.S., a bronze in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform competition. Later in the Games, Boudia won the first Olympic gold for the United States in diving since the 2000 Summer Olympics, earning a spot on the top of the podium in the men's individual 10-meter platform competition. McCrory also advanced to the event finals, finishing ninth overall.
During the NCAA collegiate season, Johansen directed Jessica Lyden to the 2012 ACC title on the 3-meter springboard and the first All-ACC honor of her career. Lyden also excelled in the classroom, becoming the first member of the Duke swimming & diving program to garner Academic All-America first team recognition.
In only his fourth year with the Blue Devil program, Johansen saw a record five divers qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships and three divers advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships, with two collecting national titles. Johnston captured the women's 3-meter springboard crown and posted a fifth-place finish on the 1-meter board to collect All-America honors. After rewriting the record book during his freshman campaign, McCrory did not disappoint. The reigning NCAA 10-meter platform champion successfully defended his title, setting the NCAA record for the second consecutive year. McCrory registered two dives that scored over 100 points apiece to garner All-America honors. In addition, the sophomore placed fourth in both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events at the NCAA meet.
Johnston and McCrory also swept the ACC's Most Valuable Diver and Diver of the Year honors for the second straight year, with both divers winning ACC titles on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. Platform specialist Haley Ishimatsu had a banner year as a freshman, breaking the program record on the platform to take the ACC crown. In her first showing at the NCAA Championships, the former U.S. Olympian recorded an 11th-place finish on the platform.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Johansen served as the head coach of USA Diving's 2011 World Championships team in Shanghai, China. He guided McCrory to a sixth-place performance on the platform, as well as a fifth-place finish in the men's synchronized 10-meter event with Boudia. Also under Johansen's tutelage, Johnston finished sixth in the women's 1-meter springboard competition.
Johansen made yet another incredible stride during the 2009-10 season, as four Duke divers qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships and two went on to compete at the NCAA Championships. One of his greatest accomplishments came with the addition of freshman standout McCrory, who rewrote the program record book, setting every men's record for both the pool and school. McCrory also won the NCAA title in platform diving and placed second in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter event.
During the 2008-09 season, a total of five men and women - four of them freshmen - qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The standing school records in four of six total diving events were broken and re-broken over the course of the year. Johnasen also directed Johnston to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, where she garnered All-America honors on the 3-meter board.
During the 2007-08 campaign, Johansen's first at Duke, Julie Brummond received All-ACC honors for her performance on the 3-meter board at the 2008 ACC Championships. She reached the finals on both springboards and on the platform at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships under Johansen's leadership.
A former member of the U.S. Diving National Team, Johansen brought a wealth of skills and knowledge to the Duke program as he had a variety of experience at the club, collegiate and national levels. He has served as a U.S. National Team coach for 11 years and also coached the U.S. Diving World Championship team in 2005 and U.S. Diving Junior World Team in 2002. He founded the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio in 2001, and it quickly developed into the nation's one of the largest and most successful junior and senior program. Under Johansen's direction, the U.S. Elite Diving Academy won the U.S. Diving Junior Team title in 2005 and in 2006 captured the Junior and Senior team titles.
Johansen's NCAA experience includes head coaching stints at Illinois State University and Florida Atlantic University, as he received conference coach of the year accolades four times at FAU. During the 1992-93 campaign at FAU, Johansen coached four All-America selections, three honorable mention All-America picks and a three-meter national champion. He has also served as a volunteer assistant at Ohio State University.
Johansen has received numerous coaching accolades, as he was the recipient of the USA Diving Award of Excellence and was named USA Diving Coach of the Year in 2006. Other career accolades include Junior Coach of the Year (2002 and 2004) and U.S. Olympic Committee Finalist Developmental Coach of the Year (2004). He also received another significant honor when he was named the head coach of the U.S. National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Florida native received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Rochville University in 2005. Johansen resides in Durham with his wife, Jenny, who serves as the head diving coach at North Carolina. The couple has one daughter, Lina.