Eric Blevins begins his sixth season as the diving coach at Rider University in 2016-17, under head coach and aquatics director Steve Fletcher.
Blevins came to Lawrenceville after spending two seasons as diving coach at the University of Evansville.
Blevins inherited a program that saw two divers, Rider grad Tom Smallwood and then junior Brendan Cavallaro qualify for NCAA Zones in 2011 with Cavallaro placing 10th on the three-meter.
In 2012, Cavallaro and then sophomore Trevor Hiller qualified for NCAA Zones with Hiller and then freshman Wayco Bailey making the NCAA Zone meet in 2013.
Under Blevin's guidance, Bailey became a four-time NCAA Zone qualifier and in 2016, he also had rookie Joseph Warker qualify for the NCAA Zone meet.
Blevins is still competing competitively. In August, 2014, Blevins won both the one-meter and three-meter boards in a meet at Rutgers University and at the Spring Master’s National meet, hosted by Stanford University, Blevins was third on the three-meter and fourth on the one-meter, earning a spot on the United States Masters National team.
In 2015, Blevins participated at the 16th FINA Masters World Diving Championships, which took place in Russia and in 2016, he won the one-meter masters 30-34 age group at the Masters Diving Championships while placing second on the three-meter.
As coach for the Purple Aces, Blevins had three divers compete at NCAA Zones and two of his divers broke career records for the one-meter and three-meter.
Of the eight weeks that a Diver of the Week was named in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2010-11, seven were from Evansville.
Prior to serving with the Aces, Blevins was head diving coach at Minnesota State University where he coached three All-Americans and five NCAA qualifiers. While at MSU, Blevins was responsible for practices, diving recruitment, meet management and rehabilitation for swimmers and divers and the diving program was ranked as high as seventh in all of Division II.
Blevins began his coaching career at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and also coached at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., both on the Division III level.
Blevins competed collegiately at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa, where he was a two-time All-American and eight-time Midwest Conference Champion.
In August, 2014, Blevins was inducted into the Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Blevins graduated from Grinnell College in 2004 with a degree in economics, and later received his master's in sports management from Minnesota State. He is certified to coach diving, football and track at the collegiate level and to be an instructor for Level I gymnastics and trampoline.