Shawn Austin enters his 13th season as diving coach at Geneseo for the 2019-20 season.
The two-time NCAA Division III Men's Diving Coach of the Year (2016 & 2018), Austin guided Sam Randall '18 to a pair of national championships, winning the 3-meter dive in 2016 and the 1-meter dive in 2018. Randall was the first national champion in Geneseo swimming & diving history and just the third Geneseo student-athlete in any program to secure multiple national titles. Austin was named the 2016 SUNYAC Diving Coach of the Year after leading five divers to 10 top-eight performances at the conference meet, and has gone on to earn the honor six times, including both the men's and women's SUNYAC Diving Coach of the Year award in 2019.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 National Champion
2 National Championships
2 All-Americans (8 total NCAA Championships top 8 performances)
5 Honorable Mention All-Americans (8 total NCAA Championships 9-16 performances)
9 NCAA Qualifiers (15 Total Qualifications)
16 NCAA Region 4 Qualifiers (35 Qualifications) - The event began in 2012
4 SUNYAC Champions (11 Performances)
20 SUNYAC Finalists (78 Performances)
3 SUNYAC Diver of the Year award Winners (5 Occasions)
1 Geneseo Athlete of the Year - Sam Randall
2 Ira S. Wilson Award for Career Achievement at SUNY Geneseo Award Winners
6-Time SUNYAC Diving Coach of the year
Men (3) - 2016, 2017, 2019
Women (3) - 2016, 2018, 2019
2 Time NCAA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year
2016 & 2018
With over 20 years of diving experience including 18 as a coach, he has guided his divers to 14 NCAA Division III All-America performances as well as 26 school/pool record-breaking showings during his tenure with the Knights.
Austin’s coaching resume also includes six NCAA Region 4 qualifiers, four ECAC Champions, including two Divers of the Meet recipients, 38 SUNYAC Championship finalists, five SUNYAC Championship performances, two SUNYAC Championship Diver of the Meet efforts and three SUNYAC record-setting performances.
Austin was also named the 2009 and 2010 ECAC Championship Women’s Diving Coach of the Meet. Additionally, diver Wills Demoulin was named the 2011 Ira S. Wilson Award winner, recognizing the top Geneseo athlete for career achievement in the department.
Austin has also been the head coach of the Blue Wave Diving Club since 2008 after spending nine years in the same position with Finger Lakes Diving. Under his tutelage, his clubs have produced 26 Section V Champions and 33 New York State Championship qualifiers. Nineteen of his divers have made the state finals, finishing as high as second.
32 Section V Champions
46 NYS Championship Qualifiers
25 NYS Championship Finalists
60 AAU National Championship Finalists (4 Champions)
5 USA Diving Age Group Nationals Qualifiers
A graduate of Alfred State College and Monroe Community College, he was a four-time NJCAA Region III Champion and two-time NJCAA National bronze medal winner from 1997-99. During the 1999 Region III Championships, Austin shattered the 1-meter and 3-meter records, while also anchoring the second-place 200 freestyle relay. Named the “Men’s Swimming Most Outstanding Performer,” it was the first time the award had been presented to a diver. He remains the 11-dive record on both boards at M.C.C. Also a three-time Empire State Games Men’s Open qualifier, he finished as high as second place during his career.
A native of Naples, N.Y., Austin has worked full time at Geneseo as a technology support professional with the Computer Information Technology department since 2005. Shawn resides in Dansville, N.Y.