He has been the US National Team coach for seven years and was the head coach for the 2011 World Championship team in Shanghai.
While at Duke, Johansen has helped Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory become elite divers, as both will be competing for the US in the Olympics.
Johnston will be pairing with Kelci Bryant in the women’s synchronized 3-meter competition on Sunday, July 29th. It will be a straight final with five rounds of dives.
McCrory is expected to medal at the Olympics. He will be competing in both the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event on Monday, July 30th (which is a straight final like the women’s) and the individual event. His biggest competition in the individual event is his partner in the synchronized event, David Boudia. The individual 10-meter event will begin with a preliminary round on Friday, August 10, and conclude on Saturday, August 11.
Here is what Johansen had to say, as he compared the Duke diving program with the Olympics:
“One of my philosophies as a coach is to follow the philosophy of Olympism, which is in the charter for the International Olympic committee,” Johansen said. “By definition, it’s the blending of sport with culture and education. And that really defines Duke in big way – the blending of sport with culture and education. So one of the reasons I came to Duke was that Duke’s mission and the Olympic mission are very similar.”