Head Diving Coach
Steve Burciaga, who is widely recognized as one of the top diving coaches in the midwest, is in his second year as the diving coach at Grand Valley State. Burciaga has guided GVSU to a record-setting pace in terms of recording the top diving scores for both the men and women on the 1 and 3-meter boards.
Grand Valley State has established record-setting scores since his arrival on the staff, evidenced by his divers recording 15 top-10 dives and six NCAA DII All-America honors the last two years.
Burciaga has coached and developed his divers to success at every level during his career. He has tutored his divers to conference championships, State Championships, AAU National Championships, Junior Olympic National Qualifiers and NCAA National Qualifiers on both the 1 and 3-meter boards. Burciaga was named the Michigan Boys Division 3 Diving Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 at Grand Rapids West Catholic High School. In addition, he is a USA Diving Certified Coach.
Assistant Swimming CoachEric Murray
Grand Valley State head swimming & diving coach, Andy Boyce, announced today the hiring of Eric Murrayas an assistant coach in the Laker swimming and diving program. Murray will begin his duties at Grand Valley State immediately.
"Eric will be a welcomed addition to our swimming program," said Boyce. "He has great energy and some new and exciting ideas with training and preparation that will enhance what we are already doing as a team."
Murray comes to Grand Valley State after an extensive career in the swimming industry both as a high school and club coach. Most recently Murray was the head coach at Owosso High School and a volunteer assistant at Michigan State. In addition, he has spent time as the director of the St. Johns Sea Lions Swim Club and as a swimming camp counselor at the University of Texas. Murray guided Owosso to a 46-26 dual meet record and captured the Capital Area Activities Conference Ret title in 2015 for the first time in school history. He was selected as the 2015 Coach of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for Zone 7.
"I am excited to be a part of Grand Valley State and its outstanding swimming & diving program," said Murray. "I would like to thank coach Boyce for having the confidence in my ability to coach and lead students-athletes, while also pushing the kids to reach competitive greatness in all areas of their life."
Grand Valley State is coming off an outstanding campaign in which both the men's and women's programs captured GLIAC Swimming & Diving titles. The Laker men then went on to finish fifth at the NCAA DII Swimming & Diving Championships, while the women finished 11th.