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Petar Trifonov Named Head Diving Coach
BALTIMORE—UMBC head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock announced today that former Bulgarian Olympian Petar Trifonov will join the Retrievers as the head diving coach.
“We are very excited to have Petar join our program,” Cradock said. “He comes from a very diverse diving background, has a lot of great connections in the sport and he has an international background which is unique to any diving coach we have had in the past.”
Trifonov has had a decorated diving career, winning more than 50 national championships in his native Bulgaria and culminating in an appearance in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
After he finished his competitive career, Trifonov became a recognized judge and coach. He judged the USA Diving National Championships from 2001-05, and last year was a coach at the FINA Junior Diving World Championships.
Trifonov’s coaching career includes stints at the College of William and Mary and American University, and he has been the associate head coach of the Montgomery Dive Club team in Rockville, Md., for the past eight years.
In addition to coaching at UMBC, Trifonov will be the head coach of the Retriever Dive Club, which will be geared for youth divers in the Baltimore area.
The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team has won six consecutive America East Championships, while the women’s squad has won two of the last three conference titles.