As a diving coach, Ben Nimphie has several different roles he must fill.
“Sometimes there is a mentoring role and sometimes there is a psychologist’s role,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the teacher and technician.”
At Grand Ledge and DeWitt this year, Nimphie had to excel in all those roles. The results were excellent as the Grand Ledge team won a share of the CAAC Blue and DeWitt freshman Sarah Stine finished 10th at the Division 3 state finals.
There were five girls who worked with Nimphie this season, and what made this year different than others was that three of those girls were divers at his club in the offseason.
“That changed the dynamic a little bit when you know the athlete really, really well,” he said.
Having experience with those girls helped him maximize their performance.
“I know how each diver is going to respond to corrections and different kinds of coaching,” Nimphie said.
After growing up in Grand Rapids, Nimphie competed in college at Michigan State. He stayed in the area afterwards and has become one of the premier coaches in the area.
His goal for his divers, though, extends beyond the pool.
“I enjoy the mentoring aspect, and I enjoy helping them become not just better divers but better students and better people,” Nimphie said.
– David Cassilo