Dan Laak

Dan Laak

Dan Laak has been the Head Diving Coach at the University of Georgia for over 30 years. As a student, Laak was a diver at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he earned multiple All-American and All-American Honorable Mentions.

Laak has had a successful coaching career leading divers to NCAA titles, SEC titles, SEC Diver of the Year honors, and National Diver of the Year honors. In 2006, 2008, and 2014, Laak was chosen as National Coach of the Year. He also earned four SEC Coach of the Year honors between 2001 and 2014. Most recently, Laak served on the coaching staff for the 2016 Brazil Olympic Team. Previously, he had been a member of the USA Olympic coaching staff during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

In addition to coaching at the national level, he has also been a judge for international diving competitions. From 1997-2000, Laak served as the Chairman for the NCAA Diving Rules Committee.

Career Highlights

  • 3x National Coach of the Year
  • 4x SEC Coach of the Year
  • 2x USA Olympic Diving Team Coach
  • Brazil Olympic Diving Team Coach
  • Coached divers to 5 NCAA titles
  • Coached divers to 12 SEC titles

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