Swimming & Diving
For 36 years, Michigan State divers have been coached by one of the most experienced and respected diving coaches in the country, John Narcy.
Since joining the Michigan State staff in 1966, Narcyís divers have earned All-America honors on 50 occasions and he has coached an AIAW Champion, an NCAA Champion, six Big Ten Champions and three U.S. Olympians.
Narcy helped develop former Spartan Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse, a four-time Big Ten titlist, two-time NCAA Champion, six-time All-American and 1992 U.S. Olympian (5th place). He coached Big Ten Champions Jane Manchester, who was a two-time AIAW Champion; two 1980 Olympians, Kevin Machemer and Dave Burgering, a two-time All-American; Jesse Griffin, a four-time All-American; and All-Americans Summer Mitchell and Carly Weiden.
In 1990, Narcy was named the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year. He was named the Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2001. He received the Fred A. Cady Award for lifetime achievement in 2001.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Narcy has been active on the international scene as well. He coached at the World Federation of International Athletics Cup competition in Indianapolis in April of 1989. That summer, Narcy coached at the Alamo International Challenge in Boca Raton, Fla., the Alamo Challenge which was a dual meet between the United States, China and the Soviet Union in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the HTH Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Narcy has served as coach of the U.S. team which traveled to the International Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain, and has coached at two U.S. Olympic Festivals in Oklahoma City and Minneapolis. In 1990, he took the U.S. International team to Acapulco, Mexico, for a meet with 18 other countries. In 1991, he was on the coaching staff at the World Championships held in Australia.
Narcy was the National Diving Team coach in 1982 when his squad competed in the Swedish Cup in Ronneby, Sweden, and the Italian Cup in Bolzano, Italy. He has judged the last six U.S. Olympic diving trials, and in 1974 he served as diving coach for the United States team in a dual meet against West Germany.
A two-time All-America diver and team captain at the University of Michigan, Narcy launched his coaching career in 1957 as the head diving coach at Argo (Ill.) High School. He also served as head diving coach at Niles (Ill.) High School (1961-62) and at Hinsdale (Ill.) High School (1962-64).
Narcy earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Michigan in 1957 and his masterís degree from Michigan State. He and his wife, Pat, reside in East Lansing, Mich.
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