""O'Brien's book is excellent and covers all areas of diving
technique. Ron O'Brien is considered one of the greatest diving
coaches of all time. His knowledge of the sport is outstanding.""
Four-time U.S. Olympic diving team assistant coach
Two-time NCAA women's and one-time men's diving coach of the year
""Ron O'Brien was ‘the man with the plan' who enabled me to
fulfill my Olympic dreams far beyond my expectations. This book
is unique because, for the first time, Ron shares with the world
of diving his secrets to success. Chapters 9 and 10 on training
and peaking for competition and coaching and mental preparation
are the hidden treasures in this book. Read it, and pass it on!""
Mary Ellen Clark
1992 and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, 10-meter platform
About the Author
Ron O'Brien is currently the national technical director for
United States Diving. He has produced more champions (including
four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis) and coached more
Olympic, world, and Pan American teams than any other coach in
Before retiring from active coaching in 1988, O'Brien served in
almost every capacity in diving, from national 3-meter champion
in 1961 to president of the U.S. Professional Diving Coaches
Association from 1981 to 1985 to International Swimming Hall of
Fame inductee in 1988. His divers have won 12 Olympic medals and
196 gold medals in national and international competition, and he
has coached at least one U.S. national champion in each of 23
consecutive years (1973 to 1995).
Ron lives in Islamorada, Florida.