411OnTheForty: Get to know Matt Scoggin

05 Aug By
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Former Texas diver Matt Scoggin has a combined 25 Big 12 Diving Coach of the Year awards as the head coach of UT's men's and women's teams (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Matt Scoggin is in his 25th season as the men's and women's diving head coach at Texas, having achieved great success and played no small role in helping both swimming and diving programs reach national prominence.

3 Facts:

  1. From 1981-85, Scoggin was a key part of the men's diving team, competing for the Longhorns and winning NCAA titles in the 1-meter platform event in both 1983 and 1984.
  2. As part of the "My Texas Tailgate" May 1, Scoggin and several other Texas coaches were asked to commentate on a football play from the 2019 season. After watching Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger race for a first down against Oklahoma State, the diving coach put a spin on his playcalling. He gave Ehlinger a perfect "10," putting his diving background into his analysis.

3. Scoggin is married to former UT diver Becca Culver, who earned the Frank Erwin Award in 2008. The award recognizes individuals with exceptional contributions to Longhorn swimming and diving.

2 Accomplishments:

  1. Scoggin has been named Big 12 Diving Coach of the Year 14 times on the men's side, and 11 times on the women's.
  2. After his performance at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Scoggin was named Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was also a captain on that national team.

1 Quote:

On his Olympic dreams as a young diver:

"Growing up, my parents always taught me that you can dream big, but what's more important is to do your best to try to outwork the competition. Be willing to fail a lot, but make sure you finish it, and maybe one day, you'll have a glorious moment."

Matt Scoggin

Make sure to check out episode seven of The Horns Dugout for Scoggin's conversation with Riley Zayas and Luke White.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley