Joshua Karshen has been named the new NC State diving coach
Joshua Karshen begins his third season as the head diving coach at NC State, as he was named to the position in June 2012.
During Karshen's second season in 2013-14, the Wolfpack's young core of divers showed glimpses of the future of State's diving program. Grant Saale registered zone cuts and a top-20 finish at the ACC Championships on all three boards. Under Karshen's tutelage, Saale won ACC Diver of the Week on Oct. 8.
In Karshen's first season coaching the Wolfpack divers in 2012-13, several Wolfpack divers enjoyed quite a bit of success. Under Karshen's tutelage, Hannah Hopkins concluded her NC State career with her second consecutive All-America honors in the platform competition at the NCAA Championships. She also finished with All-ACC honors at the ACC Championships, finishing second overall in the platform competition. Rachel Mumma also enjoyed tremendous success under the guidance of Karshen, as she qualified for the NCAA Championships with a first-place finish on the one-meter springboard at the NCAA Diving Zone B Diving Championships. Members of the Pack diving squad have been named ACC Diver of the Week on four occasions under Karshen's tutelage.
State divers have also been successful on a national stage under the guidance of Karshen. Mumma finished as a US Zone Champion on the one-meter springboard and made the finals of the US National Championships, finishing in seventh. On the men's side, Chris Arcara and Charlie Retter qualified for the three-meter synchronized diving competition, finishing in eighth.
Prior to his time at NC State, Karshen spent three seasons coaching at Purdue, as well as the Boiler Diving Academy. At Purdue, he served as the diving coordinator for the 2010 Women's Big Ten Championships, NCAA Zone C Championships, and the NCAA Championships. The Women's NCAA Championship was recognized as a Meet of Excellence that year, and at the same time, Purdue University was also named a USA Diving Center of Excellence.
Karshen gained invaluable experience working under the guidance of Purdue head diving coach Adam Soldati, who is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the country. He aided in the development of David Boudia, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist.
During his stint with Purdue, Karshen also served as the Junior National head coach at the Boiler Diving Academy. He led two divers to AAU National Championships, and coached one U.S. Junior National All-Star Team member. Karshen also developed five US Regional champions, four U.S. Zone champions, 16 U.S. Junior National qualifiers, and three U.S. Junior National finalists.
Although he founded the Academy in 2006, Karshen left in 2007 to take an international coaching position as head coach of the Cambridge Dive Team in Cambridge, England. He returned to the West Lafayette, Ind., campus in 2009.
While in England, Karshen developed four British Junior National finalists, two British Senior National qualifiers, two British National Schools Championship finalists, and three British Regional Team members.
A former member of the Boilermakers swimming and diving team, he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and the former Purdue record holder on the platform. Karshen qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials, as well as the U.S. National Championships.
Karshen graduated from Purdue in 2006.
He is married to the former Ashley Karnes, a former All-American and U.S. National finalist on both springboards. A 2010 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in dietetics, she is the current school record holder on the one-meter board.
The Karshens reside in Apex, NC with their daughter Emma Rose and their dog Bailey.