June 19, 2012
Call it a family affair. Pitt head diving coach Julian Krug met his wife Dorothy (Doe) when he was training for his last Olympic trials in 1976. Doe had gotten a job as a lifeguard in her Indiana hometown – the rest can be said, is history.
The couple married and relocated to Pittsburgh when Julian took the head coaching job at Pitt in 1979. They have raised two children, Cassidy and Kyle. This week, the couple will not be attending the U.S. Olympic Trails in Federal Way, Wash. as coaches, but as proud parents. While Julian serves as the chair for the Senior Diving Committee for Competitive Excellence, he has a personal interest in the results at the King County Aquatic Center.
Cassidy, an 11-time national champion at Stanford University, began her journey on Tuesday with the 3-meter springboard preliminaries and semifinals for a spot in the London Olympic Games next month.
Cassidy, who captured the 2007 national championship in the 3-meter, was recently eighth at London's 2012 FINA World Cup and second at the Pan Am Games last fall in Mexico. An injury leading up to the Beijing Games, kept Cassidy at bay in the 2008 trials.
Julian does have responsibilities as a committee member, however, he and Doe will also assist NBC with in-depth analysis during the trials. Doe created the background biographies for the top competitors, while Julian will advise the NBC production crew on 'divers to watch' and analysis on scores needed to move ahead on the leader board. NBC will broadcast a total of five hours of live coverage on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The Trials will also receive nine hours of live and tape delayed coverage on NBC Sports Network from June 19-22.
The Krug family has made an impression on the sport of diving over the years. In 2007, the Krugs became the first family of recipients to earn the prestigious Whosam Inc. Award for commitment to excellence and dedication to the highest physical and spiritual ideals at the United States Aquatic Sports Awards banquet.
Krug became the first person to successfully execute a 5½ front somersault dive from a 10-meter board during a 1974 training trip at Kimball's Diving Camp in Brandon, Fla. More recently in 2011, Krug performed a ‘spotter’ (a standing back flip from the board to the board again) on the 3-meter diving stand at the University of Maryland’s natatorium prior to the start of warm-ups. The video and successful fully-clothed spotter was captured on YouTube.
An accomplished student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin where he was an All-American, Krug has guided eight Panthers to that same distinction over his coaching career. Six times he has been named the Big East Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
There are approximately 120 of the nation’s best divers competing for 14 spots on the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The top two finishers from the men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform, and one team from each of the men’s and women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events will advance.
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For more information about the Krug family, read this article from the Post Gazette.
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