Legacy Diving Staff

Buck Smith- Program Director

Coach Buck Smith is entering his 16th year as the Head Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach of Eastern Michigan University. During his tenure at Eastern Michigan University, Smith has qualified 8 female divers and 1 male diver to the NCAA Championships, while producing three NCAA All American’s.  Smith’s divers have placed in the top eight at the Mid-American Conference Championships 147 times, won 21 MAC Championship titles, hold three MAC Championship records, as well as claiming five school records. He has also been named MAC Diving Coach of the Year 15 times between the men’s andwomen’s diving teams. In the 17-year history of Legacy Diving, Smith has had 232 national qualifiers, 136 junior national finalists, 15 national champions, 10 silver medalists and 11 bronze medalists. He has also had a Junior World Finalist and coached his team to six Junior Olympic Regional titles, as well as three Junior Zone Championship titles. Smith has also coached six Canadian Junior Olympic National finalists. At the senior national level, Smith has had 45 Senior National qualifiers, 28 finalists, 3 silver medalists, and 2 national champions. In 2012, four former and current Legacy divers qualified for Olympic Trials. Buck was also the head coach and team leader for the USA Diving National team who competed at the Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany in 2012. Buck is married to wife Kara Smith and they have two girls ages 9 and 7, Allie and Karlie.

Contact information: lsmith@emich.edu & 734-751-8178


   Ed Goodman – Michigan Team and National Team Coach

Coach Ed Goodman most recently was head diving coach at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie, Georgia from 2005-2014. During his tenure, he coached a variety of talented young athletes, including Ryan Helms, a Senior National Champion and bronze medalist at the Junior Pan Am Games. Coach Goodman’s past divers hold multiple Georgia high school state records and have made impressive competitive appearances at Junior Olympic National Championships. Coach Goodman has an extensive background in competitive diving, gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, plus years of experience coaching his own teams. Ed hails from the Florida Keys, where he was responsible for developing the Islamorada Diving Club. He’s also enjoyed coaching positions with the Ft. Lauderdale Diving Team, as well as the University of Toledo, Ohio, and the Sylvania Diving Club. Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Ed was an NCAA national qualifier at the University of Cincinnati, a national Junior Olympic diving champion in 1977, and a two-time world age-group tumbling champion.                                                                                                      Contact Information: divegoodman@gmail.com & 229-798-8173


Matt VenturaMatt Ventura- Assistant Coach

Coach Matt Ventura is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he was a collegiate diver for 4 years under Coach Buck Smith. Throughout his collegiate diving career, Matt has coached at Legacy Diving. He is currently the diving coach at Skyline High School and has been there for the past 3 years. Coach Ventura recently finished his 4th season of coaching country club diving at Ann Arbor Country Club, Travis Pointe, and most recently, Huron Valley. In the fall of 2015, Coach Matt will be the Volunteer Assistant Dive Coach for the Men’s and Women’s EMU diving team under Coach Buck Smith. He looks forward to coaching at Legacy and being a part of a very successful program.

Contact Information: theventuraway@me.com & 440-670-3606


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