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Nick Rodionoff
Nick Rodionoff

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
14th year

Alma Mater:
Occidental College ('57)

02/12/2014

Waves in Second After Day One of PCSC Championship

Sydney Newman places second in 3-meter springboard to earn All-PCSC acclaim.

02/11/2014

PCSC Championships on Horizon for Waves

Pepperdine battles at the conference championship starting on Wednesday.

02/01/2014

Seniors Honored at PCSC Time Trials

Ally Bernard, Mae Corbin, Stephanie Ertl, Kelsey Maguire and Priyanka Shah compete for final time at the Raleigh-Runnels Memorial Pool.

06/06/2013

Korver Named College Swimming & Diving Honors Female Walk-On Athlete of the Year

College Swimming & Diving Honors singles out Korver and Burris for their achievments as walk-on student-athletes.

04/03/2013

Pepperdine Celebrates Student-Athletes at Annual Honors Banquet

Jennifer Karson given standing ovation upon receiving the Maurice Hilliard Award.

Two-time PCSC Coach of the Year Nick Rodionoff is entering his 14th season at the helm of the Pepperdine swimming and diving program in 2013-14. Under his leadership, he has elevated the Waves to a highly competitive level over the past decade.

His affiliation with the Pepperdine program, which spans four decades, runs parallel with the success of divers and swimmers he has coached on the high school and college levels.

Since taking over as head coach for the 2000-01 season, Rodionoff has guided the Waves to ten top-five finishes at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships. In 2008, Pepperdine had its best-ever finish under Rodionoff and tied the best finish in school history with a second-place result. The Waves have finished in third place five times under Rodionoff, including 2002 and 2009, when he was named PCSC Coach of the Year.

Rodionoff has guided a total of four women to eight conference titles and four to six NCAA Championship berths. In 2009, senior and PCSC Diver of the Year Amanda Pond won the 3-meter diving event and placed second in the 1-meter competition to teammate Tiffany Martz. Martz added a 3-meter title in 2010 and her second 1-meter crown in 2011. Following her championship run in 2011, she was named the PCSC Division I Diver of the Year.

Kristin Scribner followed in Martz's footsteps, earning PCSC Division I Diver of the Year recognition in 2012, followed by Klaire Korver in 2013. Korver received continued acclaim in the 2012-13 edition of the College Swimming & Diving Honors magazine as the Female Walk-On Athlete of the Year.

Rodinoff's teams have a long-standing academic tradition at Pepperdine and routinely are awarded CSCAA All-Academic Team status semester after semester. A member of the swimming and diving team has been voted Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete of the Year each of the last three seasons. Jessell Owens was the winner in 2011, followed by Korver and Brooke Fugate in succession.

During the 2011-12 campaign, senior diver Leslie Wade scored a 257.20 in the 1-meter at the Cal Poly Shootout to qualify for the NCAA Zone Regional. She was the first diver to qualify since Lindsay Adarme achieved the feat in 2005.

Pond was Rodionoff's second conference Diver of the Year honoree, joining Michelle Barker who won the prestigious title in 2002. In 2008, senior Ali McLeod was named the meet's Division I Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 100 fly and achieving an NCAA qualifying "B" time. In 2011, Kayleen Hicks earned the same recognition after scoring in seven events at the PCSC Championships and earning All-Conference status in six.

Rodionoff's swimmers have broken 11 school records in 21 possible events and have recorded 73 of Pepperdine's all-time fastest marks.

Rodionoff first came onto the Pepperdine scene in 1974 to coach the men's diving team and in 1987 he established the women's program, which went undefeated for five years. Prior to coming to Malibu, Rodionoff served as the diving coach to nearby UCLA from 1964-74.

At the high school level, Rodionoff was recognized as one of the top coaches across the country after serving 33 years as the head boys' and girls' swimming and diving coach at Birmingham High School, located in Van Nuys, Calif. Rodionoff's prep resume boasts 31 league championships, a record of 10 Los Angeles City Section boys' championships and four Los Angeles City girls' championships. His teams compiled an astonishing dual meet record of 324-3 (.991).

Rodionoff coached 36 high school All-Americans before retiring in February 1997 and two years later the new pool at Birmingham High School was named in his honor.

In addition to being named to the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1974, Rodionoff was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. He is one of only two swimming coaches to have received the honor. Rodionoff is the only coach in the United States to have coached national champions in both swimming and diving and also guided the women's national relay team to a 200 freestyle record.

A top choice for an Olympic coach, Rodionoff was honored in 1999 as the recipient of the Fred A. Cady Memorial Coaches Award. The award is presented biannually to coaches who have dedicated 25 or more years to diving, while developing outstanding talent in the U.S. National Diving program and international competition, including the Olympic Games.

Rodionoff also taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 39 years. In addition to his teaching and coaching career, he is also an accomplished photographer, known for his images of the Malibu area.

A 1957 graduate of Occidental College, Rodionoff was a three-year standout who participated in diving, football and track and field. He captured the conference diving title in his senior year of competition.

His wife, Carrie, serves as the team's assistant coach.

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