Swimming & Diving Adds Diving Coach Mark Murdock
WAC Diving Coach of the Year Joins Mean Green Swimming & Diving
DENTON - North Texas swimming and diving coach Brendon Bray announced the addition of Mark Murdock as the new diving coach Friday. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Murdock, who’s originally from nearby Flower Mound.
Murdock joins the North Texas coaching staff after spending the last three seasons as the diving coach at Northern Colorado, where he coached three NCAA Zone Diving Qualifiers and most recently was named the Western Athletic Conference diving coach of the year and coached the conference diver of the year in Savanna Meadows.
“I am excited to be coming back home to coach,” Murdock said. “This is a huge opportunity to join a program with a strong foundation of competitiveness and love for the sport. I look forward to being part of the continued success of the Mean Green.”
In his three seasons as an assistant, Kelsey Smith and Sara Moldenhauer, as well as Meadows, all earned WAC Diver of the Week honors and all three divers also qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet. He also helped guide Northern Colorado to a program-best third-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Championships this past spring.
This past season, under Murdock’s tutelage, the Bears placed three divers on WAC all-conference teams, including Meadows, who won the one-meter and platform league titles to earn first team honors. Meadows set program records in both the 3 meter (327.25) and platform (222.80). She also finished in the top 25 in all three diving events at the NCAA zone meet, including a program-best 22nd-place finish on the three-meter board.
“We are so lucky to have Mark Murdock as our new diving coach,” Bray said. “Mark’s experience and background checks off the list all the things we were looking for during our search. He has North Texas ties growing up in Flower Mound and knows the clubs and the coaches in the area. We hope to sign and attract the best divers from our state in recruiting and I think his connections are what we need to do that.
“In terms of coaching, he is coming off most recently being named the conference coach of the year in the Western Athletic Conference as well as coaching the Western Athletic Conference diver of the year. He has both developed divers into scoring contributors at the conference meet and mentored talented divers to perform at the highest level.”
Prior to his time at Northern Colorado, Murdock dove at Wyoming, where he received his bachelor’s degree in social science in May, 2012, and spent his final year with the Cowboys as the volunteer assistant coach.
In addition to being an honorable mention All-American and a two-time Mountain West Conference champion, Murdock also holds the Wyoming platform and three-meter records and the UW pool records on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.
Competing on the national and international level, Murdock and his diving partner Dashiell Enos finished fifth in the synchronized men's platform at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, 2012, while he represented the United States at the Canada Cup for Synchronized Platform Diving in April, 2011.
“He himself was a national level diver competing in the Olympic trials so he knows what it takes to perform at that level and I think he is going to take our diving program to compete at the highest level right away,” Bray said. “He is a lot of fun and has a great personality and is extremely competitive. Our divers are in great hands with Mark.”
North Texas opens the 2015-16 season with three annual exhibition events — the alumnae meet, a pentathlon against UTPB and TCU, and the Green & White intrasquad showdown — before its first regular season competition in the North Texas Relays from the nearby Carroll Aquatic Center in Southlake, Texas.