Men's swimming and diving teams, and women's diving team, opens the season Oct. 3-4; Women's swimming team opens season, Oct. 10-11
Rob Clayton, Casey Converse and Stan Curnow talk about their teams in Bird Bites Segments.
Falcons open season Oct. 7 in Grand Junction.
Stan Curnow begins his 23rd with the Falcons as head diving coach, the longest tenure in Academy history for a diving coach.
During his first 22 years, Curnow has continued Air Force's proud tradition in diving. Curnow has been named conference diving coach of the year five times. He was named the Mountain West Conference's diving coach of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2006 and the WAC diving coach of the year in 2014 and 2015.
Curnow’s divers helped lead the men’s swimming and diving team to back-to-back second-place finishes at the WAC Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15, tying the team’s highest conference finish ever at the Division I level. In 2014-15, junior Nathanael Zillweger won the WAC championship on the one-meter with 323.85 points and was also named the WAC Diver of the Year. Zillweger also finished third on the three-meter (306.6 points) and fifth on the platform (273.25 points). On the platform, the Falcons claimed three of the top five spots as Dominic Vallejo won the title while A.J. Eckebrecht was second and Zillweger was fifth. Vallejo also placed third on one-meter.
On the women’s side, three women have earned first-team All-American honors at the Division II level under Curnow’s leadership as Sara Saxer (class of 1993), Rebecca Currie (class of 1994) and Elly Bunzendahl (class of 1998) all earned All-American honors.
Outside of the pool, Curnow has been an asset to the Academy as well, being named the 1998 athletic department Instructor of the Year.
A former member of the NCAA Diving Rules Committee, Curnow came to Air Force from BYU, where he coached for 14 years. His record there was impeccable, including 26 conference titles, 17 All-Americans and two NCAA Division I champions.
A native of Denver, Colo., Curnow was named a high school All-American in diving and was a champion performer on the trampoline. He attended BYU and graduated in 1977 with a degree in physical education. He completed his master's degree in the same field in 1978. As a competitor at BYU, Curnow was the Western Athletic Conference diving champion three out of four years and earned All-American honors in 1972 and 1974. He was also a finalist in the 1972 Olympic Trials.