Justin Sochor


position Head Diving Coach

Alma Mater Cleveland State

In 2013, Justin Sochor was named head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes, becoming just the fourth coach in the program’s 82-year history.

Prior to becoming a Buckeye, Sochor was named Junior National Coach of the Year four times by USA Diving and the US Olympic Committee while earning seven Junior and Senior national team titles.

With 22 National Champions, his divers have won gold in every single age group including the Senior Nationals.

Sochor was named Team USA head coach for the Pan-American Games, FINA Grand Prix, FINA World Series and the FINA World Championships.

Coach Sochor has just finished his fifth season in the NCAA and has brought home two Big Ten Conference Champions, an NCAA National Champion, nine All-American finishes and was awarded the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year

In 2018, Coach Sochor led the divers to a historical year by qualifying seven divers to the NCAA National Championship, and the women’s team replaced their own record by averaging a team GPA of 3.833.

Sochor has passion, dedication, innovation and knowledge of diving that is clear to all who meet him and is known for leading his divers to national and international success.

A former varsity diver and Cleveland State University graduate with a degree in psychology, Sochor founded and built his first diving club in 1996. He developed his club into one of the largest diving clubs in the Midwest, bringing nearly 100 new divers into the sport each year. As a Viking, Sochor was a four-time collegiate conference champion and was named the 1995 Athlete of the Year. From 1992-1997, Sochor was a professional high diver/entertainer at Sea World.

Sochor lives in Powell, Ohio with his wife, Katie, son, Mason and daughter, Sydney.