Head Diving Coach
“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Bradshaw to the University of Notre Dame. Without question, he brings an immediate presence of experience, excellence and proven success to our program,” Litzinger expressed. “As one of the premier college diving coaches in the NCAA, Coach Bradshaw’s philosophy and expectations align perfectly with our values at Notre Dame, and, of course, our continued pursuit of excellence on the NCAA level.”
Bradshaw comes to Notre Dame after 23 seasons at the helm of the diving program at Arizona State University, where he mentored athletes including four-time NCAA Champion Joona Puhakka and six-time All-Americans Micky Benedetti and Trisha Tumlinson. Under Bradshaw’s guidance, ASU has had nine divers earn four NCAA individual titles and 29 All-American honors. In addition, Bradshaw has been named NCAA Diving Coach of the Year twice, in 2003 and 2005.
“I’m looking forward to taking on this next-level challenge at Notre Dame. I have known [retired dive coach] Caiming Xie since our time together with the Olympic team, and I have much respect for the program he has built,” Bradshaw noted. “Talking to the staff at Notre Dame, our goals aligned with the idea of achieving at a high level not just in our sport, but for our university as well.”
Bradshaw earned eight Pac-10 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and one Women’s Diving Coach of the Year plaques during his tenure, while his divers earned a total of nine Pac-10/12 Diver of the Year awards and five Pac-10/12 Newcomer of the Year honors.
Prior to his time with the Sun Devils, he served as the diving coach at Ohio University and at the United States Military Academy. Bradshaw also served as Finland’s head diving coach for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. As a diver, he was a four-year All-American at Ohio State University and was the 1983 3-meter NCAA champion.
He also represented the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games, finishing fifth on the 3-meter. Bradshaw earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1985 and his master’s in the same discipline in 1987.