Greenwell has been named Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year a league-record six times and has coached Tide divers to eight SEC Diver of the Year honors
Alabama diving coach Pat Greenwell's more than two decades at Alabama - punctuated by multiple conference and national champions, Olympians and All-Americans - is a story of soaring success.
Greenwell, who started with the Crimson Tide in the fall of 1987, has been named Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year a league-record six times and has coached Tide divers to eight SEC Diver of the Year honors.
"Pat is one of the nation's top diving coaches and I am excited to have him as a part of this staff," Alabama head coach Dennis Pursley said. "He has consistently had Alabama divers vying for conference and national championships and earning All-America honors. His commitment to excellence has been reflected in the consistently outstanding achievements of his divers throughout the years."
In 2011, Paige McCleary earned SEC Freshman Diver of the Year, after turning in the top rookie finish on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards as well as the platform at the SEC Championships.
Aaron Fleshner, who won his third SEC title under Greenwell's tutelage in 2010, made a pair of trips to China in the summer of 2011 as part of the United States' national team. Flesher first traveled to Shanghai for the FINA World Championships and later to Shenzia for the World University Games. Last summer Fleshner, who currently works and trains in Tuscaloosa, won the 2012 U.S. national 1-meter championship.
In 2009, Greenwell was named SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year and saw Fleshner earn SEC Male Diver of the Year honors while Carrie Dragland was named both the SEC Freshman and Female Diver of the Year.
Now in his 26th season with the Tide, Greenwell's athletes have won a pair of NCAA championships, with Brent Roberts winning the platform in 1998 and Lane Bassham winning the 3-meter board in 2004. They have also earned 68 All-America honors and won 21 SEC titles since 1988.
The 2004 season saw Greenwell recognized as the NCAA Championships Coach of the Meet after Bassham took first off the 3-meter and second off the 1-meter. Both she and Crystal Rasmussen earned All-America honors that season, leading Alabama to 21st place overall. Bassham was also named NCAA Diver of the Meet for her efforts.
The success of Greenwell's student-athletes isn't limited to the pool. 2011 senior Adam Booher earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as well as a place on the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team. In 2010 Elizabeth Hughes was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team.
In 2005, Stewart Smith earned an SEC Postgraduate Scholarship, one of the league's highest academic honors, while Jill DeVasher earned the same award in 1998. Mark Rourke brought the swimming and diving program its first NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards offered on the national level, in 1991.
Internationally, Greenwell's divers have done very well. In addition to his double-duty in China, Fleshner competed at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix meet in Ft. Lauderdale in the summer of 2010. Former Greenwell students Rafael Alvarez and Rourke both competed at multiple Olympic Games and both finaled at at least one Olympiad. Roberts was the United States Olympic team alternate on the platform in 2000 after finishing third at the Olympic Trials.
Under Greenwell's tutelage, Rourke became the first diver in conference history to win all three diving events at the SEC Championships, doing so in 1991.
Greenwell inherited the tradition rich Alabama program in the fall of 1987, after a five-year stint at Clemson University. While coaching Clemson, the Tampa, Fla., native earned his master's degree in post-secondary counseling.
He dove collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, garnering All-America honors on the way to earning a bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1981.
An active member of U.S. Diving as both a coach and a judge, Greenwell has served as the U.S. National Coach for competitions in China and Canada. In 1997 and 1999, he served as the U.S. judge at the World University Games.
Greenwell married the former Debbie Purifoy in May of 2003.