Dennis Ceppa is in his first season at Penn State as the head diving coach after spending the last three years at George Mason University.
With the Patriots, Ceppa earned Colonial Athletic Association Diving Coach of the Year honors twice in just three seasons. GMU captured four conference titles and had two divers earn the CAA Diver of the Year award. In 2012, Ceppa guided diver Derrick Butts to qualify for the NCAA Championships, becoming the first male diver in George Mason history to reach nationals.
Spending eight years at Rider, Ceppa was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Diving Coach of the Year five times. In his first season, three of his divers reached the finals of the MAAC Championships and he came home with a men's MAAC Diver of the Year, Chris Coles. Rider had seen divers finish in finals at the NCAA Division I Zone A Regional every year since 2003.
As an encore, Ceppa again coached the men's Diver of the Year at the 2005 MAAC Championships, Chris Coles, and the ECAC Diver of the Year, Korn. In 2005-06, his female divers reached the MAAC finals, his male divers won both the one-meter and the three-meter dives, and he again came home with the men's MAAC Diver of the Year, Dylan Korn. In 2007, Korn won again and so did Ceppa. The following season, Korn was again named Diver of the Meet along with Amanda Burke. Ceppa led Burke to the NCAA Diving championships, the first Bronc to ever qualify for NCAAs.
Going along with the achievements in the college ranks, Ceppa's pupils have thrived on the national level. Amanda Burke, a current USA National Team member, 2012 Olympic Trials finalist and 2013 World Championship team finalist, trained under Ceppa at the Mason Dive Academy, where the coach served as the program director.
Before his stint at Rider, Ceppa was a teacher at South Brunswick High School since 2003 and is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where he was twice a national qualifier in diving and a four-time conference finalist.
Ceppa coached the Blue Dolphin Junior Olympic team from 1996-2010, where he worked with age group national finalists, senior national qualifiers, NCAA All-Americans and Olympic Trial finalists.
The Penn State Competitive Diving Camp staff includes Coach Ceppa as well as coaches from other institutions who participate as guest instructors.