KINGS POINT, N.Y. (June 30, 2016) – Earlier this month, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy diving coach Johan Lopez was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Committee. His four-year term of service on the committee will begin on September 1, 2016 and conclude on August 31, 2020.
"I am honored and excited to be representing the Academy on the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Committee," said Lopez. "I look forward to working closely with the other committee members over the next four years to help grow the sport."
The purpose of the committee is to develop policies and procedures governing the administration and conduct of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. As a committee member, Lopez is expected to attend the championships and the annual meeting each year.
Lopez will serve as one of two Northeast Region Representatives on the eight-person committee. Of the eight committee members, three members will represent men's swimming interests and four members will represent women's swimming interests; two positions are allocated for men and three are allocated for women and two are unallocated; and one additional member will represent diving interests.
"I am proud and excited for Coach Lopez!" explained USMMA head coach Sean Tedesco. "He will be able to bring his knowledge and experience to a committee that will enhance the sport of swimming and diving."
As a member of an NCAA committee, Lopez will sustain and advance the Association's mission, traditions, values and reputation; regularly participate in committee meetings and conference calls, prepared and well informed; and support the consensus of the committee after fully exercising the responsibility to debate and disagree, among other responsibilities.
"We are very proud our Johan's appointment to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Committee," commented USMMA Athletic Director Mo White. "This will be a tremendous opportunity for him to work with his peers across the country to help shape the future of this sport. This is one more accomplishment in what has been a banner year for Johan – capturing the Landmark & NCAA Regional Diving Championships and coaching senior diver Gerrit Porter (Houston, Texas) to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA National Diving Championships, earning Porter All-American honors. He also produced an Academic All-American in sophomore diver Adam Fisher (Edgerton, Wisc.)"
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