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Scott Reich Season 2024-25

Scott Reich
Diving Head Coach
  • 2001 SEC Diving Coach of the Year
  • 2000 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year
  • 2000 SEC Diving Coach of the Year
  • 1988 NIC Diving Coach of the Year
  • 1987 NIC Diving Coach of the Year
  • 1986 NIC Diving Coach of the Year
  • 1983 SEC Diving Coach of the Year

Scott Reich begins his seventh season as the head coach of both the LSU men’s and women’s diving teams. He is known around the country as one of the top diving coaches in the nation and was named the 2000 NCAA National Diving Coach of the Year and has earned the SEC Diving Coach of the Year Award twice in his tenure at LSU.

Reich is an accomplished collegiate, national and international diving coach with a proven track record and an impeccable method for success.

During his 15 years in collegiate coaching, he has coached 12 Olympians, including 1988 bronze medallist Wendy Williams and 2000 USA diving team alternate Ashley Culpepper, as well as 19 All-Americans. Last season, Reich coached three Lady Tigers to All-America status in Culpepper, Jamie Watkins and former walk-on athlete Michelle Coryell.

Last season LSU qualified more divers (6) for the NCAA Championships than any other diving team in the country. LSU produced five All-Americans, tied for most in the country, and for the second year in a row LSU scored more diving points than any other team in the country.

During the 2000-01 season, he coached LSU standouts Watkins and Culpepper to NCAA Championship titles. Watkins won the championship in the one-meter event, while Culpepper took the title in the three-meter springboard competition. Culpepper’s performance at the 2000 NCAA Championships earned her the coveted Diver of the Year Award, while Reich received both the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Diving Coach of the Year honors in 2000.

Prior to his arrival at LSU, Reich was the diving coach at Southern Methodist from 1981-82, Auburn from 1982-84 and the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1984-89.

In 1983, while at Auburn, he was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year. He was also named the 1986, 1987 and 1988 National Independence Conference Coach of the Year while directing the Miami Hurricanes, the highest scoring women’s diving team in the nation.

On the international level, Reich was one of four coaches for the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams and has served as the national team coach for Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Holland, Venezuela, Belgium, Australia, Bolivia and Puerto Rico.

He has served as the U.S. national coach for numerous international competitions and was the 1987 United States National Age Group Coach of the Year.

Reich is a proven athlete at the collegiate, national, and international level and his coaching accomplishments are enhanced by his competitive history. The five-time United States age group national champion and two-time World age group champion developed into a four-year collegiate All-American.

While competing for Southern Methodist University, Reich won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the NCAA Championships in the one and three-meter springboard events. He was also the 1977 U.S. outdoor one-meter champion.

Reich, a native of Lafayette, Calif., graduated from SMU in 1978 with a B.A. in physical education, while becoming a certified K-12 teacher with an English minor. He is married to the former Jennifer Barron, of Plaquemine, La. The couple has two sons, James who is 10 and Jake who is three, as well as an eight-year-old daughter, Niki.