NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College diving coach Heath Calhoun recently helped Olympic coach Nunzio Esposto at a diving camp hosted by Duke University.
Calhoun, who was one of the camp counselors at the three-week camp, additionally had the opportunity to watch Esposto working with his elite national qualifiers. Calhoun and Esposto are both Butler High School alumni.
“The experience of being at Duke and learning from Esposto was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Calhoun said. “Making connections with the coaches at Duke and seeing the caliber of athletes they work with on a day-to-day basis was phenomenal.”
Esposto, the Blue Devil head diving coach, was on the U.S. Olympic team coaching staff for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. He has coached two Olympians in his career, 2012 bronze medalist Nick
McCrory and 2016 silver medalist Abby Johnston, who were both in attendance.
“The ability to learn from (Esposto), who I believe is one of the best coaches in the world, is something I will never forget,” Calhoun said. “It has really shown me, as a young coach, I should always be striving to get better and learn from the amazing coaches in my profession that are willing to give back to the younger coaches.”
Calhoun discussed the significance of representing Westminster from a recruiting perspective.
“I believe the opportunity to get the Westminster name to more prospective student-athletes will help our program immensely over the coming years,” Calhoun said. “The chance to speak about my experiences that I have learned will also help.”
Calhoun was a sixth-time All-American as a diver at Division II Clarion University, where he was a national champion at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Calhoun enters his fourth year on the Westminster staff as the diving coach for the 2017-18 season.
“Some of the things I will be able to bring back to Westminster are some very technical aspects of diving and coaching that I believe will help take our current divers to the next level,” Calhoun said. “My expectation is to not only have Titan divers advancing to the NCAA Championships, but perform well while they are there.”