Piemonte Named Tech Diving Coach
Former Moss Farms coach joins Hokie swimming and diving staff
July 11, 2006 BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department, along with Virginia Tech swimming and diving head coach Ned Skinner, announced the hiring of Ron Piemonte as head diving coach, Monday. Piemonte joins the Hokies after five years as the head coach of the Moss Farm Diving Tigers in Moultrie, Ga. While with the Tigers, he helped qualify seven divers in the 1- and 3-meter springboard and the platform events at the 2005 USA Diving Junior National Championships. The team finished the event in seventh place. In 2005, Piemonte assisted a diver to the Senior National championships, while in 2003 he coached a diver to a bronze medal at the Junior Pan-American Championships in Belem, Brazil. Prior to coaching the Tigers, Piemonte served as head coach at the Tualatin Hills Dive Club in Beaverton, Ore., for nine years. In 2000, Piemonte had a diver final at the Olympic Trials. While at Tualatin Hills, Piemonte was selected to coach the 1992 and 1999 Junior World Championships teams and was ranked as a Top 10 Junior Olympic coach in America by the International Olympic Committee of USA Diving. Piemonte also was head coach for the Arizona Diving Club in Phoenix, Ariz., the New Mexico Divers in Albuquerque, N.M., and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. He is the current vice president of junior diving for USA Diving. Piemonte graduated from Arizona State University in 1986. He has been married for 20 years and has three children. Piemonte replaces Bert Locklin, who took another position within the department.