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    Northwestern Names New Head Diving Coach

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head women's swimming coach Jimmy Tierney is excited about the addition of Alik Sarkisian as Northwestern's diving coach.
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    Head women's swimming coach Jimmy Tierney is excited about the addition of Alik Sarkisian as Northwestern's diving coach.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Aug. 14, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has hired Alik Sarkisian as the new men's and women's head diving coach, the school announced today.

    Sarkisian joins the Wildcats after one year as the head diving coach at the Victory Diving Club in Oklahoma City. He has a wealth of head coaching experience, beginning his career as the USSR National Team coach from 1980-1990 before becoming the National Team coach in his native Armenia from 1991-93.

    He then moved to the United States where he was an assistant with Rose Bowl Aquatics in Pasadena, Calif., from 1993-98 before becoming the head coach with the Trojan Dive Club and an assistant coach at USC from 1998-2001.

    Following his stint with the Trojans, Sarkisian became the director and head coach at the USA Diving Regional Training Center from 2001-05.

    Sarkisian has earned a number of coaching accomplishments within USA and international diving, most notably serving as the USA National Team Coach for the 2003 and 2005 Pan-Am Games. He has coached at numerous FINA Grand Prix events and Olympic trials and training camps. In 1996, he was Armenia's National Team coach at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

    A 13-time Armenian national champion, Sarkisian competed internationally for the USSR. He graduated in 1980 with professional level training in sports science and education from the USSR State University of Physical Education in Yerevan, Armenia.

    "We are very excited to turn over the reigns of the diving program to a very talented coach," NU head women's swimming coach Jimmy Tierney said. "Alik has the skills and motivation to continue the rise of NU diving in the Big Ten and NCAA. We truly believe we have one of the most talented diving coaches in the world here to coach our divers."