Larry Barcheski enters his 17th season as the head diving coach at UIC, teaming his outstanding diving athletes with Paul Moniak's swimming standouts to form one of the deepest overall squads in the Horizon League.
Barcheski has coached 16 different UIC divers to NCAA Zone Qualification. Mark Pappalardo qualified for the Zone C Championships every year of his collegiate career (2003-04 to 2006-07), Ryan Fitzer was a three-time Zone C participant and Sarah Economides attended during her sophomore and senior seasons.
School diving records have been broken seven times during Barcheski's tenure. In the 2006-2007 season, Pappalardo set new marks in both the one and three-meter events.
In 2003 Barcheski tutored standout senior Mike Magee to the Horizon League Championships' Diver of the Meet honors and his third NCAA Zone C Diving Championship appearance. Magee's victory in the three-meter diving finals, along with his second-place finish in the one-meter dive and the strong performances by all of the UIC divers, earned Barcheski the 2003 Horizon League Men's Diving Coach of the Year award.
Barcheski, who starred as a conference diving champion and national qualifier for UIC in 1973, has remained a competitive diver. He participated in the 1997 Prairie State Games and earned gold medals for the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Barcheski was recognized as the Prairie State Games Citgo Male Athlete of the Year and was recently inducted in the Prairie State Games Hall of Fame. He also earned a medal at the 1995 U.S. Master's National Diving Championships.
Before returning to UIC as a coach, Barcheski was the boys diving coach at Fremd High School from 1981-1990. The Vikings took home IHSA titles in 1984 and 1986 under his tutelage, earning Barcheski Illinois Diving Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons. He also coached girls diving teams at Fremd from 1982-1984 and at St. Viator from 1986-1990.