Former U.S. Olympic diving coach Jay Lerew is in his fifth year of directing Texas A&M’s diving program.
During his time with the Aggies, A&M has produced its first NCAA Champion (Jaele Patrick in the 3m dive in 2012) and multiple conference individual champions and All-Americans. He also earned Big 12 Dive Coach of the Meet or Year six times.
The U.S. Olympic head diving coach at the 2000 Olympics, Lerew previously coached Team Orlando (Fla.) to eight Junior National team championships, and coached 10 individual senior national title winners in 11 years with the team.
A two-time U.S. Junior Coach of the Year, Lerew served as head coach for multiple U.S. National Teams, at the World Championships, the World Cup and various Grand Prix events at both the junior and senior level.
Lerew also served as a head diving coach at Moss Farm Diving in Moultrie, Ga., from 1989-98, the diving coach and aquatics director at the Schroeder YMCA in Milwaukee, Wisc. (1981-89), and was the head women’s diving coach at Colorado State (1979-81).
A 1975 graduate of Colorado State with a degree in physical education, Lerew was an aerial acrobatic skier on the Professional Freestyle Skiing Tour before becoming a diving coach.
Lerew is married to the former Wendy Reich, who was the co-head coach of Team Orlando Diving and currently is a diving assistant for both Aggie squads. Wendy Lerew was an All-America diver at Florida State and a two-time Canadian Olympian in platform diving. The Lerews have four daughters, Chelsie, Brittany, Niki Reich and Shelby.