Sept. 20, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Diving has honored University of Texas men’s and women’s diving coach Matt Scoggin with the Benjamin Foundation Coaches Performance Award and the Phil Boggs Award.
The Benjamin Foundation Coaches Performance Award recognizes coaches who mentored a medalist at the London Olympics. The Phil Boggs Award honors those who have achieved individual excellence in diving and have given back to ensure the sport’s continuation and success. Scoggin is the lone recipient of the Phil Boggs Award this year.
Now in his 19th season as UT’s diving coach, Scoggin helped Texas-Ex Troy Dumais to a bronze medal in the three-meter synchronized diving event at the London Olympics.
The two-time U.S. Olympic Committee National Diving Coach of the Year mentored Drew Livingston, who completed his collegiate eligibility last spring by winning his second career NCAA one-meter diving title. Texas-Ex Matt Cooper also earned All-America honors last season, and Shelby Cullinan and Diana Wilcox represented the UT women at the NCAA Championships under Scoggin’s tutelage.
Scoggin coached a pair of Olympic gold medalists in Laura Wilkinson (2000 Sydney, platform event) and Vera Ilyina (2000 Sydney, 3m synchro). An Olympic-caliber diver himself, Scoggin reached the finals of the platform event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.