Alma Mater: Southern Methodist University '90
Season as Diving Coach: 16th
NCAA All-Americans: 19
Coach of the Year Honors: UAA (17 combined men's and women's)
Scott Donie, a two-time Olympian and 1992 silver medalist who became the New York University men’s and women’s Diving Coach in 2000-01, is in his 16th season of developing quality student-athletes on the springboard.
Overall, Donie has coached nine divers who have combined for 19 All-America accolades.
Last season Donie produced NCAA National Championship qualifiers in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Senior Austen Blease capped off his record-breaking career with an Honorable Mention All-American performance in the one-meter dive, while freshman Austin Campitelli barely missed out on All-America honors.
Blease qualified for nationals by winning the 11-dive one-meter competition at the NCAA Regional Championships, while Campitelli finished second in the 11-dive three-meter competition. Both divers swept the one-meter and three-meter competitions at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships and were named Divers of the Meet.
Due to the success of his divers, Donie was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and UAA men’s and women’s Diving Coach of the Meet.
In 2013-14, Donie produced another All-American as he guided Blease to a sixth-place performance in the one-meter dive at the NCAA Championships. Blease also won the title and produced a then-school record in the event (11 dive).
Donie also oversaw the development of two record-breaking freshmen divers on the women’s team that season, as Ashlie Pankonin set a new mark for the one-meter dive and Nia Sorgente established a record in the three-meter dive. Pankonin was selected Diver of the Meet at the ECAC Championships, while Donie was named ECAC Diving Coach of the Meet on both the men’s and women’s side, as well as UAA Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.
In 2012-13, Donie guided Blease to first-place finishes in both the one- and three-meter dives at the ECAC Championships. Blease went on to finish second in the one-meter dive at the UAA Championships and sixth at the NCAA Regional Championships.
That season, Donie was also integral to the development of Nealey Wallis, who won both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the ECAC Championships. Wallis also placed second at the UAA Championships in the one-meter and represented the Violets at the NCAA Regional Championships in her first year of collegiate competition.
In 2011-12, Blease earned Honorable Mention All-America honors by finishing 15th in the one-meter dive at the NCAA Championships. He set then-team records in both the one- and three-meter (6) dives and went on to capture the one-meter title at the UAA Championships.
That same season, Donie guided Kelly Dietz to UAA titles in the one- and three-meter dives, as she captured UAA Female Diver of the Year honors and Donie was named UAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. In 2010-11, Dietz earned the third Honorable Mention All-America accolade of her career with an 11th-place finish in the three-meter dive.
In ‘09-10, Dietz placed 12th in the three-meter dive and 13th in the one-meter dive at the
NCAA Championships and received Honorable Mention All-America accolades in both events. Also that season, men’s team member Max Norris won the one-meter and three-meter events at the UAA Championships and earned his second UAA Men’s Diver of the Year Award. He also went on to earn Honorable Mention All-America status in the three-meter dive, placing 15th. Donie again collected UAA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year honors.
Under Donie’s guidance, Baron Poitier (who was inducted into the NYU Athletics Hall of Fame in May 2012) earned All-America honors six times (twice each in 2001, 2002 and 2003). Joseph Grey became a two-time All-American in 2001-02, while Scott Brateng did the same in 2003-04. Abigail Penn (2006-07) and Melanie Peters (2008-09) also earned All-American honors under Donie’s watch.
Peters also captured the one- and three-meter diving events at the UAA Championships in 2009 as Donie earned his first UAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year honor.
Donie captured his first UAA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year in 2008 when Norris won the one-meter and the three-meter events at the UAA Championships.
When Donie arrived at NYU, he brought with him impressive credentials. A 1992 and 1996 United States Olympian, Donie was the silver medalist in the 10-meter platform dive at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain.
A 1990 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising, Donie was a three-time NCAA Division I Champion, winning both the three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform dives in 1990. He also triumphed in the 10-meter platform dive in 1989.
Donie, who trained for several years under the direction of former U.S. Olympic Coach Ron O’Brien, served as an assistant coach at the University of Miami from 1993-96 and helped produce three NCAA National Champions for the Hurricanes.
A native of Somerset, NJ, Donie resides in Manhattan with his wife Kaili and daughter Lucy.
Donie’s All-America Divers
Year Event NCAA Finish
Austen Blease ’14-15 1m 9th
Austen Blease ’13-14 1m 6th
Austen Blease ’11-12 1m 15th
Kelly Dietz ’10-11 3m 11th
Kelly Dietz ’09-10 1m 13th
Kelly Dietz ’09-10 3m 12th
Max Norris ’09-10 3m 15th
Melanie Peters ’08-09 1m 16th
Abigail Penn ’06-07 1m 16th
Scott Brateng ’03-04 1m 16th
Scott Brateng ’03-04 3m 8th
Baron Poitier ’02-03 1m 12th
Baron Poitier ’02-03 3m 8th
Baron Poitier ’01-02 1m 5th
Baron Poitier ’01-02 3m 3rd
Joseph Grey ’01-02 1m 13th
Joseph Grey ’01-02 3m 11th
Baron Poitier ’00-01 1m 8th
Baron Poitier ’00-01 3m 10th