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Benjamin Grado

Last College:
Arizona

Position:
Diving Coach

Year:
Third Season

Graduated:
2012


2012 NCAA platform diving champion and two-time All-American Benjamin Grado will begin his third season as the program's diving coach in 2018-19.

Grado's divers showed significant progress in his second season in 2017-18, highlighted by women's diver Sammy Walker earning Diving Championship MVP honors. Grado's men's divers also put together a good Summit League Championship, earning the former Arizona diver Diving Coach of the Year honors. 

Since the conclusion of his collegiate career, Grado spent four years as an artistic and performance diver for Cirque du Soleil, performing on the Russian Swing and the 18-meter high diving. Grado has also served as the diving coach for the Tucson Diving Team. The 2012 Arizona alum’s duties involved planning training regiments, coordinating with superiors and athletes on working towards competitive goals and conducting physical and mental training for the team and athletes. 

Grado became the first diver in Arizona history to win a national title with his win on the platform at the NCAA Championships in 2012, a year that also saw the Conifer, Colo., native become the first diver since 2002 to win on all three boards at the Pac-12 Championships. The 2012 Pac-12 Diver of the Year finished in ninth place on both the 1m and 3m at the NCAA Championships. 

In the summer of 2011, Grado finished third on the 10m, fourth on the 1m, eighth on the 3m and was high-point winner at the ATT USA Diving Championships, qualifying the Arizona grad for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June of 2012. Grado also finished sixth on the 3m at winter Nationals in Iowa in 2011. 

The 2008 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year’s first All-America honor came in 2010, a sixth-place finish on the 3m at the NCAA Championships. 

Outside of the pool, Grado has been involved with the Special Olympics and the Boys Club of Arizona.

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