Kentucky finishes in 22nd at NCAAs
Junior grabs second consecutive top-five finish
Junior diver earns career-best NCAA finish
Ferrucci looking to make deep run at third NCAA Championships
Three Wildcats qualify for NCAA Championships over weekend
Since taking over a recovering diving program at Kentucky in the 2008-09 season, fifth-year head coach Ted Hautau has totally transformed the Kentucky diving team. After a successful showing in the 2011-12 campaign, Hautau is continuing to build his program and divers into Southeastern Conference and national contenders year in and year out.
Last summer nine of Hautau's divers qualified for the 2012 AT&T National Championships where the women's team finished in third place while the men finished in fifth. The UK diving team finished fourth overall combined (men and women), their best showing since Hautau's arrival in the Bluegrass.
In the 2011-2012 NCAA season, there were three new additions on the women's side and one new addition on the men's side. Sophomore Greg Ferrucci had a great dual meet campaign, garnering four SEC Diver of the Week awards during the course of the season. All seven of the UK divers that went to SEC Championships scored. Kentucky placed four divers in the men's 3-meter finals for the first time in school history. Ferrucci placed picked up a second on 3-meter, a third on 1-meter, and a seventh on platform to pace the UK men's swimming and diving team as the highest point scorer at the SEC Championship. He went on to make the NCAA Championship and received honorable mention All-American honors in all three events finishing 11th on 1-meter, 10th on 3-meter, and 15th on Platform.
In the summer after the 2010-2011 season, Greg Ferruci, John Fox, and Lisa Faulkner qualified for the AT&T National Championships in Los Angeles where Fox finished 13th in the 1-meter, while Faulkner finished eigth in the 1-meter and 12th in the platform event. Ferrucci had an outstanding meet finishing in third place on the 1-meter board and seventh on the 3-meter.
In the 2010-11 season, there were three new additions on the men's side. Greg Ferrucci had a great freshman season, being named SEC diver of the week once during the year. He was named SEC Freshman of the Year and finished top eight in all three events at the SEC Championships. He qualified for the NCAA Championships but injured himself in the first event and was unable to finish the competition. Lisa Faulkner finished her second and final year with an outstanding SEC Championship, finishing top eight in the 3-meter and the platform events. She went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships where she made spectacular improvement and was an honorable mention All-American in the 1-meter (16th) and 3-meter events (15th) and an All-American on platform placing fifth.
In Hautau's second season, junior transfer Lisa Faulkner reach top-seven scores in the all-time Kentucky women's record books in the 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform dives. At the SEC Championships, Faulkner placed sixth on the 1-meter board, ninth in the platform event, and 14th in the 3-meter event. Freshman John Fox placed 15th in the 1-meter, 15th in the 3-meter event and ninth in the platform event. Faulkner went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time in her collegiate career. She finished in 28th in the 1-meter event, 31st in the 3-meter event, and 29th in the Platform event.
In 2008-09, his first season with the Blue and White, Hautau inherited a depleted roster with just two divers in the program. Jessie Snowden earned second-team All-SEC honors after a second-place finish on the 1-meter board at the conference championships. Additionally, Hautau guided Justin Smith to top-16 finishes in all three events for the first time in his career. Smith also reached the finals of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career under Hautau.
Snowden enjoyed quite a bit of success under Hautau. The former SEC Freshman of the Year was named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2009 while also garnering an SEC Diver of the Week award.
Before arriving at Kentucky, Hautau was the diving coach at ACC power N.C. State. With the Wolfpack, Hautau led Kristin Davies to a 13th place finish on the platform at the NCAA Championships in 2008. Davies earned All-America honorable mention honors for her 243.20 score in the event.
Prior to his time at N.C. State, Hautau spent 13 seasons as the head diving coach at Davidson College. At Davidson, Hautau coached Chris Wrobleski to a school record on the 1-meter during a dual meet with South Carolina. Additionally, Hautau guided Liz Nugent to back-to-back Zone Diving Championship appearances. Nugent claimed the 3-meter crown at the Southern States Championship in 2000 while setting a school record in the event.
Hautau began his career as the head diving coach at North Carolina where he coached the women to three ACC titles, while the men earned two crowns. He had two athletes earn ACC Diver of the Year awards under his tutelage, while also coaching All-ACC members in the 1992 and 1994 seasons.
In addition to his duties while at Davidson, Hautau coached for Fuel Diving, a local club diving program in Huntersville. He served as the event coordinator for the 2004 World Cup Trials and 2005 Speedo Jr. National and U.S. Championships in Huntersville, which drew some of the nation's top divers and Olympians.
Hautau has a B.A. in Communications from North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is married to Jessica Hautau, a former Kentucky diver under Mike Lyden. She claimed the 2005 3-meter SEC Championship and was a three-time All-America honorable mention for the Wildcats. The married couple has three daughters: Lily (3), Ava (2), Eliana (born June 2012).