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Former UD competitor Metrinko new diving coach

1:55 p.m., Oct. 2, 2003--The University of Delaware has announced the hiring of former Fightin’ Blue Hen standout Peter Metrinko as its new men’s and women’s diving coach.

Metrinko, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2000, will work under Head Coach John Hayman, who will enter his 15th season at the helm in 2003-04.

Metrinko replaces his former coach, John Schuster, who retired after serving the last 20 seasons as coach of the Blue Hen divers. He remains at the University as an instructor in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences.

A native of Suffolk, N.Y., Metrinko was a three-year letter winner for the Blue Hens and led the squad to three straight America East Conference championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He advanced to the ECAC Eastern championships as a senior in 1999 and placed 12th in the one-meter dive and 15th in the three-meter dive.

Metrinko is currently in his fourth year as a fourth grade teacher at Marbrook Elementary School in the Red Clay School District in Wilmington. He has served the last year as an assistant coach with the Riptide Diving Club, based at UD.

“Pete is a highly motivated coach,” Hayman said. “He is excited about bringing in new ideas and techniques to the program and has some big shoes to fill. John Schuster made numerous contributions to both the UD team as well as the local age group diving programs.”

Schuster, a native of Westchester, Ill., was an All-American diver at Clarion (Pa.) University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974. He earned a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois, where he was diving coach for three years before moving to MacMurray College in Illinois.

Since coming to Delaware, Schuster has coached several diving champions, including three-time conference champions Nell Rose Foreman and Dave Caffo and two-time champions Beth Ian, Ali Al-Hasan and, most recently, 2002 and 2003 Colonial Athletic Association Female Diver of the Year Julie Van Deusen. Van Deusen became the first UD diver to advance to the NCAA championships in 2002.

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