July 19, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson head swimming coach Bruce Marchionda announced today the hiring of Mark Lenzi as the school’s new diving coach. Lenzi won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and was the bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He holds four world records, including the record for most points in 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competition.
During his career, Lenzi won two world championships, 17 international titles, eight national titles and two NCAA Championships. He was a finalist for the 1992 Sullivan Award, given annually to the top amateur athlete in the United States.
“Obviously, we are very excited about Mark heading up our diving program,” said Marchionda. “We feel he is in a position to move our program to the next level and into national prominence. It is rare to find someone with his personal diving accomplishments, as well as his coaching experience.”
Lenzi comes to Clemson from Depauw University in Greencastle, IN, where he served as the head diving coach last season. He helped found, build and coach an Olympic grass roots program and training center in Indianapolis for United States Diving and the United States Olympic Committee during the 1997-98 season.
Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Lenzi served as an assistant coach at Indiana while he trained for the 1996 Olympic Games and was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1990-91 while in training for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Lenzi earned a general studies degree from Indiana in 1990 and completed a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications with a minor in history in 1997. He completed requirements for a private pilot’s license from ComAir Aviation Academy in 1994.
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