John Bransfield | Head Diving Coach | Men’s Diving / Women’s Diving | University of Connecticut (UConn)

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

A certain level of maturity, and open mindedness. Even for the Prospect with year round training and competition outside their high school (AAU, U.S. Diving) in their background, there is a considerable jump to Division I Conference and National Championship pursuits. A Prospect needs to willing to be humbled, and recognize and embrace the need to be “broken down” in order to be better built with refinement of techniques – a difficult measure for those who experienced success in the younger ranks.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

I have had several (and currently have one, in particular) athletes that “bought in” to the trust factor; that there were possibilities on the horizon that had never been conceived. When uncertain about objectives or methods of training, critical questions were asked in order to be on the right page; and focus in the work-outs was unflappable. Not surprisingly, the maturity and where-with-all observed in this type of student athlete manifests in their development outside of athletics as well. It is that willingness to yield that there is a recognizable sense of self-esteem being enhanced, which then lends to their leadership potential as an athlete and as a young adult.