Paragon Awards                           Presented By

Dave Burgering (USA)

2021 Paragon Award / Diving


Dave Burgering was the 2008 USA Olympic Diving Coach in Beijing, China. On his path to the Olympics, he coached over 1173 junior national finalists, and 51 senior national finalists including 30 gold medalists at the junior nationals and 11 senior national gold medalists. He has been a member of the USA Diving Coaching staff for Grand Prix and World Series events and also the 2017 Junior Pan Am Games.


Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Education. He began his coaching career with the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Southern California, where his team won two junior national championships back-to-back (1988 and 1989). He followed his former coach, Ron O’Brien, to South Florida, to the newly built Mission Bay Aquatic Center, where he coached their Junior National Makos team to the championship title, making it his third straight junior national diving title.


Unfortunately, Mission Bay was short lived and the facility soon closed. Burgering was hired by Coral Springs Aquatics, where he spent the next 13 years. In 2007, he became the Director and Head Coach for the Fort Lauderdale Diving Team at the world-famous Swimming Hall of Fame Pool in the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center, where he still coaches today.


His long history with diving dates back to his start in 1967. He was selected an All-American in 1972, while attending Lansing Sexton High School and attended Michigan State University the next four years. Dave was Big Ten Conference champion in 1976 and 1977 on the 1- and 3-meter springboard and in 1990 was inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. He made the 1980 Olympic team, which the USA boycotted. Dave was the 1983 Pan America Bronze medalist, a two-time All-American and a member of the U.S. National Team from 1972- 1984.


Today, Burgering’s coaching prowess continues. His Fort Lauderdale Diving Team has had a Junior National Champion for the past five out of six years (pre-covid) and has placed higher than any other team in the state four out of the past five years (pre-covid).


Dave Burgering became active with the USA Diving Board of Directors in his younger days as an athlete representative. He climbed to the top in 2002, when he was elected president of United States Diving and served a two year term.

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