Brandon Blaisdell
Brandon  Blaisdell

Position:
Head Diving Coach

Experience:
Third Season

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2010

11/22/2017

Swimming and Diving Sign Six to NLIs

The class is made up of five swimmers and one diver.

10/05/2017

Broncos Open with Idaho on Saturday

Boise State will open the season with the Idaho Vandals on Saturday at the Boise West Family YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center.

  • 2017 Mountain West Champions

BOISE STATE TENURE

Brandon Blaisdell begins his third season as Boise State’s head diving coach in 2017-18. He was named the program’s diving coach in September of 2015. Blaisdell is responsible for the recruiting, coaching of the diving team and day-to-day operations for swimming and diving program.

BOISE STATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During Blaisdell’s first two years as the diving coach the Boise State swimming and diving team has won one MW title (2017) and placed second once (2016). His divers have earned five All-Mountain West honors, four divers have advanced to the NCAA Zone E Championships each year with Cassidy Bose (2017) becoming the first Bronco diver in program history to reach the NCAA Championships. Academically the swimming and diving program has received two CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors and a NCAA Public Recognition Award for multiple top-10 APR scores in the sport of swimming & diving, including a perfect 1,000 for 2015-16. Individually, his diving team has earned six CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention accolades, nine Academic All-Mountain West honors and six Mountain West Scholar Athlete awards for maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better.

2015-16 REVIEW

In his debut season in Boise, Blaisdell had three divers earn All-Mountain West honors at the conference championship meet. Kacee Olson placed seventh on the 3-meter springboard, while Kiley Carlson was seventh and Karli Kriewall eighth on the platform. In all the Broncos had four divers compete and tallied a combined 66 points to help the Boise State swimming and diving team to a second-place finish at the MW championship at San Antonio, Texas. The team qualified four divers for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.

2016-17 REVIEW

The second season for Blaisdell at Boise State saw his four divers record 121 points as the Boise State swimming and diving team ran away with the Mountain West Championship at San Antonio, Texas. Kacee Olson earned two All-MW honors for placing seventh on the 1-meter springboard and eighth on the 3-meter. The Broncos saw four qualify for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at Flagstaff, Ariz., with Cassidy Bose becoming the first Boise State diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships in program history when she placed 11th on the platform.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE

Blaisdell arrived in Boise with a decorated resume at the senior and junior national levels as well as the collegiate level. He served as the program manager and coach of the Mile High Diving Club in Littleton, Colo. since 2013, and also coached a USA Diving Regional Dry-land Training Center.

From 2010-13 Blaisdell pulled double duty, serving as head coach at the Minnesota Diving Academy while also working as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.

While in Minnesota Blaisdell assisted in the training and development of U.S. Olympian Kelci Bryant, who would go on to claim the silver medal in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving event alongside Abigail Johnston at the 2012 Olympics in London. Bryant and Johnston also claimed the 2012 USA Diving national title in the same event.

He has had 18 divers go on to earn scholarships to dive at NCAA Division I programs, and has coached over 60 divers to the Junior and Senior National Championships. While at Minnesota, Blaisdell helped coach men’s and women’s divers to five Big Ten titles and three runner-up finishes. In 2011 and 2013, Golden Gopher women’s divers swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events as Bryant (2011) and Maggie Keefer (2013) each pulled the feat, while Kris Jorgensen captured the men’s platform title in 2012.

Overall, at the collegiate level, Blaisdell helped coach Minnesota’s divers to nine All-America honors, had 11 NCAA Championships qualifiers, five women’s NCAA finalists, two women’s runner-ups and a NCAA 1-meter diving champion (Bryant, 2011).

PERSONAL

Blaisdell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology. He and his wife Jeanette have two sons, Griffin (2) and Rowan (new born).


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