Stan Curnow Athlete Profile

Stan Curnow

Stan Curnow
Position: Diving Height: 5-4 Weight: 120 Roster Years: 1970-1974 Hometown: Denver, CO Hall of Fame: 1987

  • 1987 Men's Swimming & Diving




All-America

  • 1972 First Team 3-meter board
  • 1974 First Team 1-meter board

1987 Hall of Fame Inductee

The son of a champion platform diver and trampolinist, BYU diver Stan Curnow followed closely in his father's footsteps, becoming an outstanding athlete for BYU.

In high school, Stan lettered in both sports for three years, and was named All-American in diving. Colorado was known for producing several great trampolinists in the sixties, and, according to Colorado State University Gymnastics Coach Steve Johnson, Stan was the best to come out of the state!

Because the trampoline was dropped as a gymnastics event in collegiate sports, Stan concentrated on his diving when he got to BYU. Here he worked under the direction of BYU Diving Coach Rollie Bestor, and trained during the summers with Olympic Coach Dick Smith, in Mesa, Arizona.

Stan dove successfully on both the low (one meter) and high (three meter) springboards, taking first place in several invitational meets each of his four years on the team.

During his freshman year Stan captured the Western Athletic Conference title in the three-meter and qualified for the NCAA meet in both events.

The following season (1971-72) he came in second and fifth in the WASC on the high and low boards, respectively, but went on to come in 11th on the three-meter at the NCAA championships, 12th on the one-meter at the AAU championships, and was a finalist in that year's Olympic trials in the three-meter event. He went on to become the WAC champion and a finalist in national AAU and NCAA competition again his last two years on the team.

Stan was named All-American in diving on both the one-and three-meter boards.

Stan later became the diving coach at BYU for both the men's and the women's teams. He has coached conference champions and All-Americans.

Personal

  • Graduated from BYU in 1977
  • His father was an outstanding platform diver and trampolinist in the Rocky Mountain area and received numerous honors in diving representing the United States military in Japan following World War II

Career Highlights

  • Was an All-American diver on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards 
  • Was a finalist several times in National AAU competition and a finalist in the 1872 Olympic Trials on the 3-meter springboard
  • Has a long list of experience in diving and gymnastics
  • Was the Western Athletic Conference champion three of the four years he competed for BYU

Before BYU

  • Lettered in platform diving and trampoline for three years
  • Was named All-American in diving

After BYU

  • Became the diving coach at BYU for both the men's and the women's teams
  • Coached conference champions and All-Americans

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1987


1970-1971 | Freshman Year

  • Because the trampoline was dropped as a gymnastics event in collegiate sports, Stan concentrated on his diving when he got to BYU
  • Captured the Western Athletic Conference title in the three-meter and qualified for the NCAA meet in both events

1971-1972 | Sophomore Year

  • Came in second and fifth in the WASC on the high and low boards, respectively
  • Went on to come in 11th on the three-meter at the NCAA championships
  • Took 12th on the one-meter at the AAU championships
  • Was a finalist in that year's Olympic trials in the three-meter event

1972-1973 | Junior Year

  • WAC champion
  • Finalist in national AAU and NCAA competition

1973-1974 | Senior Year

  • Was an All-American diver on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards
  • WAC champion 
  • Finalist in national AAU and NCAA competition