Dario Di Fazio
Head Junior Olympic Coach
Fazio brings a wealth of diving experience and history to Miami as he,
along with head coach Randy Ableman, lead one of the nation's most
prestigious diving programs. He is the Head Diving Coach of the
Beginner, Development, Junior Olympic programs. He also will assist
coach Randy Ableman in developing the University Of Miami talented
senior diving unit.
Since coming to Miami
in 1996, on the collegiate level, a total of 10 Hurricane divers have
gone on to win 14 national titles and has helped develope 6 Olympians .
At a Club level, many athletes in the Miami Diving team, have attained a
full or partial scholarship at major Universities. From 1999-2002 and 2010 he has been the USA Nationals coach representing
the USA in many international meets.
As a diver, Di Fazio's resume is
highlighted by appearances in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in
Barcelona, Spain and the Centennial Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta,
Georgia as a member of the Venezuelan Olympic Diving Team--registering
top-25 finishes at both.
Di Fazio was also a 32-time Venezuelan National
Champion as well as a seven-time South American Champion and a member of
the 1995 Venezuelan Pan American team. In
1994 placed 16th at the World Championships in Rome, Italy. In 1989 he
moved to the U.S. to train and practice under the supervision of current
UM head coach Randy Ableman before going on to dive at Oakland
University on the collegiate level.
At Oakland, Di Fazio was a three-time NCAA
Division II champion from 1993-95 and was named the NCAA Division II
Diver of the Year in 1994.
The native of Venezuela earned his Bachelor's
Degree in Management Information systems from Oakland (Mich.) in 1995
and an Associate's Degree in Computer Science from Miami-Dade Community
College in 1992.
Di Fazio is married to the former Gigi Goebel and
has two children Mia and Adrian.