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Nunzio Esposto 
Head Coach Duke University and Director of Duke Diving Club|
Hometown:  Butler, PA

Alma Mater:  University of North Carolina, 1991

Nunzio returned to Duke Diving Club in 2011 and joined Duke University as Head Diving Coach in 2013. He recently was part of the staff at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, where he coached Abby Johnston to a top 12 finish at the Olympic games. He was also named as a coach for the World Championship Team in  Kazan, Russia in July of 2015. 

He previously coached at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Aquatic Club-Diving program, and the Blue Devil Diving Club.  He directed former Duke diver and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory to a spot on the USA Diving Junior National team, as well as to a junior national championship and a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in 2006.  Collegiately, Nunzio guided Nick McCrory to his fourth NCAA title in men’s platform diving and a pair of All-America accolades. Also, Evan Moretti, garnished All- American honors in the 3 meter springboard at the 2016 NCAA championships.

He has also been a part of the USA Diving national team coaching staff on several occasions, including the 2015 Mexico Grand Prix in Leon, Mexico, the 2011 FINA World Series in Dubai, UAE, the 2009 Grand Prix in Bejing, China, the 2006 Junior World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2005 Junior Pan American Games in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

An 11-time junior nationals finalist during his own diving career, Nunzio earned a scholarship to North Carolina, where he was an All-ACC performer in each of his four seasons. He qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships each year, garnering a trip to the NCAA Championships as a senior in 1991. He was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll on three occasions and was the recipient of the Osterneck Award as the team’s unsung hero his final year.

 

 
 
 
Charlie Retter
Assistant Coach, Elite Mini's Coach
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
Attends NC State University 
 
Charlie dove competitively for 10 years, retiring in 2014. In 2005, he qualified for the Canada/USA Junior Challenge in Calgary, Canada with other USA divers. He placed 2nd on both 3 meter and platform, and 3rd on 1 meter at the 2006 Junior National Championships, earning a spot on the Junior National Team for 2006 and 2007. Charlie attended OMP Tier 2 camps during those two years. Charlie made 3 other national finals throughout his JO career and won the North Carolina State championships his junior year in high school. He was recruited by NC State University to dive where he scored points at the ACC championships and made appearances at NCAA zones meet while competing in college. He is currently back at NC State, as a part-time student, pursuing a
degree in Sociology. Charlie really enjoys working with kids in diving and helping them develop a passion for the sport.
 

   

 

Brandon Robinson
Assistant Coach, Development Team Coach
Hometown:  Sicklerville, NJ
Alma Mater: West Virginia University, 2010

 
Brandon graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors Degree in Athletic Coaching Education.  While at WVU, Brandon was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team, where he attended 4 Big East Conference Championships and 2 NCAA Zone Championship Meets.  He helped lead the team to win the Big East title in 2007. During his time in college, Brandon helped coach a number of other sports including swimming, bowling and basketball while working with the Special Olympics in Morgantown, WV. He was also on the Athletic Honor Roll for 2 consecutive years at WVU. 
 
After college, Brandon pursued his coaching career at Carolina Diving Academy under coach Aaron Hintz in Huntersville, NC.  He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Diving Team at Davidson College during that time.  While in Huntersville, he learned to coach all levels of divers from lessons, age group, and high school divers to collegiate and masters divers.  Five years later, Brandon moved to the Triangle.  He worked for a year with coach Abel Sanchez in Chapel Hill, NC. There, he was an age group diving coach at NC Diving and a volunteer assistant coach for the UNC collegiate Diving Team. 
 
In January 2017, Brandon took his talents to Durham and began coaching with Duke Diving.  He is happy to continue his passion for coaching and is excited to be learning from and working with such talented coaches and divers.
 
 
 
 
Kara McCormack
Lessons Coach 
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Alama Mater: The University of Miami
 
Kara is from Austin, Texas and began diving at nine years old at Longhorn Aquatics. She completed her undergraduate and Master's degree in Mathematics at The University of Miami in Miami, FL, where she also competed on the diving team from 2011-2016. She coached diving lessons at Hurricane Aquatics for two years, before moving to Durham to attend Duke University.  She is studying to earn her PhD in Biostatistics. Kara is excited to continue coaching with Duke Diving Club. Her hobbies include yoga, exercising, artwork, and cooking. 
 
   

 

Meg McDaniels 
Assistant Coach
Hometown: Austin, Minnesota
Alma Mater: The University of Alabama, 1991

 

Meg is a graduate of The University of Alabama where she majored in psychology with a minor in human development. Meg also has a masters in education. During her time in college, Meg was a collegiate diver at Alabama. While at Alabama, Meg was an SEC finalist on all 3 boards and an SEC Academic All American.   Meg is a mom to 4 children, a retired Elementary School Teacher, mom taxi, part-time coach and runs her family home.

 

 

Christian Zuburg
Assistant Coach

Hometown:  Raleigh, NC
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina, 2000

 

Christian is a veteran Duke Diving coach but initially began his coaching career in 1995.  As a JO diver, he was a 3-time National qualifier, where he enjoyed several top 20 finishes.  He won the North Carolina State Diving Championship title in 1994 (Millbrook HS) and went on to compete collegiately for the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.  At UNC, he was a 4-time NCAA Zone qualifier, and he finished off his career with a 3rd place finish in the 1-meter at the 2000 ACC Championships. Outside of diving, Christian enjoys training for and competing in triathlons. 

 

CLUB CONTACT

Nunzio Esposto

Phone: (919) 616-1645

Email:  nunzio.esposto@duke.edu