Nick Rodionoff
Nick  Rodionoff

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Occidental College ('57)


Pepperdine Earns Spring CSCAA Scholar Team Status

The Waves have maintained better than a 3.0 GPA for nearly five full years at this point.


Swim & Dive Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

All 10 players will join the program next fall.


Rodionoff Adds 12 Incoming Recruits

The 12-athlete class comes on the heels of the Waves adding 18 athletes this year.


Waves Reap Academic Awards

Pepperdine makes the grade again, and recognized by the CSCAA for its 3.20 team GPA.


Waves Enter PCSC Championships on Wednesday

Pepperdine placed fifth at the 2014 PCSC Championships.

Two-time PCSC Coach of the Year Nick Rodionoff spent 18 seasons (2000-01 through 2017-18) at the helm of the Pepperdine women's swimming and diving program. Under his leadership, he elevated the Waves to a highly competitive level.

His affiliation with the Pepperdine program, which spanned four decades, runs parallel with the success of divers and swimmers he has coached on the high school and college levels.

Rodionoff guided the Waves to 14 top-five finishes at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships. In 2008, Pepperdine had its best finish under Rodionoff and tied the best finish in school history with a second-place result. The Waves finished in third place five times under Rodionoff, including 2002 and 2009, when he was named PCSC Coach of the Year.

Rodionoff guided a total of five women to 11 conference titles and four to six NCAA Championships qualifying times.

His swimmers set 12 school records in 21 possible events and recorded 83 of Pepperdine's 105 all-time fastest marks.

Rodionoff's teams had a long-standing tradition of academic excellence at Pepperdine and routinely were awarded CSCAA All-Academic Team status semester after semester. A member of the swimming and diving team was voted Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times under Rodionoff: Jessell Owens (2011), Klaire Korver (2012) and Brooke Fugate (2013).

Rodionoff first came onto the Pepperdine scene in 1974 to coach the men's diving team and in 1987 he established the women's dive program, which went undefeated for five years. Prior to coming to Malibu, Rodionoff served as the diving coach at nearby UCLA from 1964-74.

At the high school level, Rodionoff was recognized as one of the top coaches across the country after serving 33 years as the head boys' and girls' swimming and diving coach at Birmingham High School, located in Van Nuys, Calif. Rodionoff's prep resume boasted 31 league championships, a record of 10 Los Angeles City Section boys' championships and four Los Angeles City girls' championships. His teams compiled an astonishing dual meet record of 324-3 (.991).

Rodionoff coached 36 high school All-Americans before retiring in February 1997. Two years later, the new pool at Birmingham High School was named in his honor.

In addition to being named to the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1974, Rodionoff was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. He was one of only two swimming coaches to have received the honor. Rodionoff is the only coach in the United States to have coached national champions in both swimming and diving and also guided the women's national relay team to a 200 freestyle record.

Rodionoff was honored in 1999 as the recipient of the Fred A. Cady Memorial Coaches Award. The award is presented biannually to coaches who have dedicated 25 or more years to diving, while developing outstanding talent in the U.S. National Diving program and international competition, including the Olympic Games.

Rodionoff also taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 39 years. In addition to his teaching and coaching career, he is also an accomplished photographer, known for his images of the Malibu area.

A 1957 graduate of Occidental College, Rodionoff was a three-year standout who participated in diving, football and track and field. He captured the conference diving title in his senior year of competition.

His wife, Carrie, served as a volunteer assistant coach.

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