World champion diver joins swimming and diving coaching staff
Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00 AM
When Logan Pearsall left Clarion University, he had plenty of honors to his name. He was a four-time national champion in diving, tied for the most titles in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II men’s diving and held the record for the highest score on the three-meter springboard. His college career may have been over, but his diving career was far from being finished.
This year, he begins his first season as the diving coach at Colorado Mesa University. It’s the latest step in an auspicious diving career.
Pearsall took a year off after graduating from Clarion, then returned to the sport through U.S. Masters Diving, quickly racking up accolades just as he had in college. He has competed in three national championships, never placing lower than second and accumulating 17 national titles.
“I fell back in love with the sport mainly because of how supportive the diving community is,” said Pearsall. “There isn’t any animosity between competitors and everyone is just looking to have fun.”
In addition to his solo events, he also competes in the men’s synchronized and mixed synchronized diving events, partnering with old friends and competitors from college.
His success at the national level qualified him for the 2015 Masters Diving World Championships in Montreal, where he won three world titles on the one- and three-meter springboards as well as the platform.
“I do the same dives I did in college. I am even doing harder dives sometimes,” said Pearsall, who missed the master’s world record on the three-meter by just 10 points.
“The competition is pretty stiff,” said Pearsall. “We have several Olympic divers who continue to compete. It’s cool to see people continue with the sport. We have people in their 80’s and 90’s competing.”
Pearsall says that the hardest part for him is the fact that he doesn’t have a coach himself, but says that his continued competition in the sport has helped his own coaching. Before coming to CMU, he most recently served as the head diving coach at Pace University in New York City. There, he coached three women qualifiers for the NCAA Division II National Championships and the school record holder. He also coached at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where his divers rewrote the record board.
“I have shared my pure love of the sport to my athletes. … My accolades also help to recruit a high-level caliber of diver.”
Pearsall has no intention of retiring from competition. He has qualified for the 2017 Masters World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he hopes to repeat as world champion.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations