Former U.S. Olympic diving coach Jay Lerew is in his second year of directing Texas A&M's diving program.
The U.S. head diving coach at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Lerew comes to Texas A&M from Team Orlando Diving, where he served as the head coach for the last 11 years.
"We're very excited to be able to bring in a diving coach of Jay's caliber," Director of Athletics Bill Byrne said. "His reputation on the national and international level is exceptional, and we are confident that he is the right person to continue and enhance Texas A&M's tradition of excellence with its diving program."
Lerew quickly began to build on A&M's tradition of excellence in diving by directing his divers to four individual wins at the 2010 Big 12 Championships, including a sweep of all three dives on the women's side. Grant Nel and Jaele Patrick grabbed their respective Diver of the Meet awards, while Lerew nabbed both Dive Coach of the Meet awards. The success continued at the NCAA Championships, with Nel, Patrick and Janie Potvin taking All-America honors.
Lerew, who was named the 2001 USOC Developmental Coach the Year, guided Team Orlando to eight Junior National team championships, and coached 10 individual senior national title winners. Lerew coached two-time Olympian Mark Ruiz, who won 22 national titles and medaled at the 1999 and 2004 Pan American Games.
A two-time U.S. Junior Coach of the Year, Lerew served as head coach for multiple U.S. National Teams, at the World Championships, the World Cup and various Grand Prix events at both the junior and senior level.
Lerew also served as a head diving coach at Moss Farm Diving in Moultrie, Ga., from 1989-98. During his time there, Moss Farms Diving won two Junior National team titles and had 10 individual national title winners. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the Moose Moss Diving Center in Moultrie, Ga. Previously, Lerew was the diving coach and aquatics director at the Schroeder YMCA in Milwaukee, Wisc. (1981-89), and was the head women's diving coach at alma mater, Colorado State (1979-81). A 1975 graduate of Colorado State with a degree in physical education, Lerew was an aerial acrobatic skier on the Professional Freestyle Skiing Tour and won several domestic and international pro skiing events before becoming a diving coach.
Lerew is married to the former Wendy Reich, who was the co-head coach of Team Orlando Diving and currently is a diving assistant for both Aggie squads. Wendy Lerew was an All-America diver at Florida State and a two-time Canadian Olympian in platform diving. She was a bronze medalist on the platform at the World Championships, and she's been a U.S. National Team coach for seven years. The Lerews have four daughters, Chelsie, Brittany, Niki Reich and Shelby.