John Barry
John Barry
Position: Head Diving Coach

John Barry is in his 10th year as the diving coach at American University, where he has consistently directed the Eagles to success with strong student-athletes.

Barry's divers hold six of the top-16 marks all-time at AU on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards for the women and nine marks on both boards for the men.

In 2015-16, sophomore Fiona Caulfield took on the role as the Eagles' top performer, finishing fourth on the 3-meter board at the Patriot League Championships at Navy. She was also an Academic All-Patriot League selection.

Prior to Caulfield, Barry worked for four seasons with Melissa Parker, who ended her career as one of the top Eagle divers in recent memory. She started her career by earning ECAC Female Diver of the Meet as a freshman, and ended with three Academic All-Patriot League honors. Parker was a second team All-PL pick as a sophomore after earning a silver medal on the short board and a bronze at 3-meters with what, at the time, was the second-best mark in school history.

His AU career was also highlighted by four-year diver Kelsey Monarch, who posted three top-10 conference finishes and two other top-16 finishes between the 1- and 3-meter competitions between 2008-11. Monarch also has the fifth-highest 1-meter diving score in program history, and is ranked 10th in the three meter in program history. On the men’s side, James Fleming is ranked eighth in program history in the one meter and 10th in the three meter, and was honored on the 2011 inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Barry’s own diving career began in 1970 at the age of seven. During his youth, Barry competed in the Northern Virginia Swimming and Diving League, one of the largest leagues in the country. Throughout his decorated career, he won numerous dual, relay, and divisional titles.

In the mid 1980’s, Barry performed in professional diving exhibitions up and down the East Coast from Maryland up to Canada. Barry’s travels as a competitive diver allowed him to absorb the finer points of diving and coaching while working alongside some of the great competitive and acrobatic divers of the day.

Aside from his work at AU, Barry coaches several divers competing at the national level under Dominion Dive Club, a U.S. diving team in Fairfax, Va. He also leads a program in the winter, intended to keep interested young divers in the pool during the colder months. During the summer, Barry draws more than 70 young divers to his program at Overlee Swim Club. He also coaches at an Arlington Public Middle and High School, where his son and daughter now compete.