Petar Trifonov joined the Retrievers in the summer of 2009 as the head diving coach.
During his time in Baltimore, Trifonov has guided a school-record four divers in their qualification for the NCAA Zones Meet. In 2018-19, Elijah Wright won both the 1- and 3-meter board events at the America East Championships and was named Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet.
Under Trifonov’s tutelage, Andrew Eckhoff swept the two diving events at the America East Championships in 2012 and 2013, earning Most Outstanding Male Diver accolades each year. In addition, Eckhoff broke the school record in the 3-meter event during his junior year, and qualified for the NCAA Zones meet both seasons.
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 judge at the FINA Junior Diving World Championships.
Trifonov’s coaching career includes stints at the College of William & Mary and American University, and was the head coach of the Montgomery Dive Club team in Rockville, Md., for eight years.
In addition to coaching at UMBC, Trifonov is the head coach of the Retriever Dive Club, which will be geared for youth divers in the Baltimore area.