Jim Pyrch begins his seventh year as the Mean Green's diving coach. In the past six years at North Texas, Pyrch has established a reputable diving program in Denton.
During the 2012-13 season, Pyrch had multiple Mean Green divers qualify for the NCAA Zone Meet for the third year in a row. Rebecca Taylor became the first North Texas diver to advance to the finals of the NCAA Zone, placing 15th in the 3-meter dive. Taylor also competed in the platform dive at Zones, becoming only the second North Texas diver to do so.
Catherine Johnson joined Taylor at the NCAA Zone meet after placing third in both the one-and three-meter dives at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
In the last five years under Pyrch, three different Mean Green divers have stood on the podium in the combined one and three-meter dives at the conference championships. Johnson has become the most decorated diver in North Texas history, winning four silver medals and two bronze medals in three years at the conference championships.
Johnson and Rebecca Taylor combined to earn conference Diver of the Week honors three times under Pyrch's watch last year. In the last five years, North Texas has received 14 diver of the week awards.
In the top 10 one-and-three-meter scores in school history, all of them have come under the watch of Pyrch. In 2011-12, Pyrch coached the Mean Green to new records on the one and three-meter dives and prepared North Texas to compete on the platform dive for the first time in program history. In the combined three events, his North Texas divers broke the school record eight times.
On the one-meter dive, North Texas divers took sole ownership of eight places on the all-time top-10 performances list. He coached his team to nine all-time top-10 performances on the three-meter dive and took three more spots on the platform dive.
Pyrch led the Mean Green to its most successful diving year in 2010-11, with three of his divers qualifying for the NCAA Zone Meet, marking the first time since 2003 that any Mean Green diver has qualified and the first time multiple divers have qualified in the same year.
In 2009-10, Pyrch guided Mary Beth Geeze to a second-place finish on the one-meter board at the Sun Belt Championships, while having both Geeze and Delia Covo record points on both stages. As a squad, the North Texas divers brought home four different Sun Belt Conference Diver of the Week honors throughout the season.
A two-time National Diving Coach of the Year (1987, 1993), Pyrch has extensive international coaching experience with the US National Diving team, and spent nearly a quarter of a century as the diving coach at Yale.
Pyrch has produced NCAA All-Americans at the Division I, II and III level, and had the honor of coaching with the US National Diving team in competitions in East Germany, the Soviet Union and China in the summer of 1990. In 1991, he coached for the United States at the World Age Group Championships in Sweden.
Boasting an extensive list of school and conference record holders, as well as conference and national champions, Pyrch has become a nationally-respected coach at the collegiate and international stages. He coached at Fairfield College and the University of Northern Iowa prior to serving at Yale from 1982-2005. Pyrch spent three seasons at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Pyrch earned All-American honors while diving at Southern Connecticut State from 1972-76. He and his wife, Krissa, have two children.