Dick Kimball (U-M Diving) Article & Video

Dick Kimball (U-M Diving) Article & Video

Submitted by Everyone Murders on September 13th, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Link: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/story.php?id=8454

Michigan Today has a video and brief article on long-time Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball (1959, 1960MA).  Many will remember that Kimball had an illustrious diving career, including winning the NCAA springboard championships (1 and 3 meter) in 1957 and the professional world diving championship in 1963.  (Professional diving? Yep.)

Kimball coached diving at Michigan from 1958 (Fritz Crisler hired him!) through 2002 and coached the 1964, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic diving teams.  Kimball was a member of Michigan's 1957-59 NCAA championship swimming and diving teams.

Kimball's son Bruce was an Olympian whose career largely tracked Greg Louganis's - unfortunately Bruce was involved in a horrible automobile accident (Bruce was at fault) that overshadowed an illustrious diving career of his own.  Bruce won a silver medal in 1984.  [Edit - had it as 1992 in original]

Other notable Olympians under Kimball's direct coaching included gold medalists Bob Webster (1960 and 1964), Micki King (1972), Phil Boggs (1976) and Mark Lenzi (1992).  Kimball was a fixture around Ann Arbor throughout his coaching career, and by the looks of the video is still coming in at about a 9.5 out of 10 on the Red Berenson I May Be Seventy-Something Years Old But I Can Still Kick Your Ass, Son Scale (RBIMBS-SYOBICSKYAS Scale - for short).

Kimball was a strong proponent of women's swimming and diving, and volunteered as an assistant coach after his retirement.

A nice salute to a great member of the Michigan family.  And the video is terrific, showing he's still a great athlete.  [Edit - now with embed!]