The Todd Sherritt File
Success and Todd Sherritt go hand in hand. The head coach at South Carolina since 1993, Sherritt continues to set new standards for Gamecock diving and has established the program as one of the best in the country.
One of the most influential diving coaches in the country, Sherritt has coached 47 NCAA All-Americans, 15 U.S. Diving National Champions, five Olympians, 11 SEC Champions and one NCAA Champion. In 1999, he was named SEC Diving Coach of the Year and, in 1997, he was named USOC Developmental Diving Coach of the Year. Sherritt is also a 10-time World Team Coach for Team USA, including during 2007.
The 2016 season was perhaps the strongest yet for Sherritt's divers as four student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships, and all four left as All-Americans. Julia Vincent finished fourth in the nation in the 1-meter, while Allyson Nied (platform), Jordan Gotro (platform) and Lauren Lamendola (1-meter) were also All-Americans.
The strong NCAA Championships performance came on the heels of a tremendous team effort at the SEC Championships. The Gamecock women combined to earn more diving points than any other team at the meet, with Nied earning a podium spot by finishing third in the platform. Vincent, Lamendola and Marissa Roth also qualified for A finals, while Gotro made the A final in all three boards.
The success of Sherritt's divers has extended to the international season. Vincent won the 3-meter competition at South African Olympic Trials in April and will represent her native country at the Rio Summer Olympics in August, which gives Sherritt four Olympians under his watch. Gotro also had success on the international circuit, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 3-meter.
In 2015, Sherritt coached Cole Miller as Miller became Carolina's first diver to earn All-American honors in a single NCAA Championships. Under Sherritt's tutelage, Miller finished 15th in the 1-meter, 12th in the 3-meter, and 14th in the platform to close his collegiate career.
Sherritt has continued to produce greats in the Garnet and Black, including Courtney Forcucci, who became the 11th SEC champion for the diving program in 2012. Forcucci set a SEC and school record to win the 3-meter springboard title at the 2012 SEC Championships. She also claimed bronze on the 1-meter board. Forcucci then carried her momentum to the NCAA Championships, where she earned two All-America honors, finishing fifth on the 3-meter springboard and 15th on the 1-meter board.
Taryn Zack took the title on the 1-meter board at the 2011 SEC Championships, earning her second gold medal at the league meet. Zack also earned accolades out of the pool as she was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming & diving, and she was named a Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, just the second in the history of Carolina swimming & diving.
As a junior, Zack finished seventh at the NCAA Championships in the three-meter event to earn her third All-America honor. She earned her first All-America honor in 2008 as a freshman as she took eighth place on the three-meter board. In addition, an 11th-place finish in the one-meter event that season earned her a nod for Honorable Mention All-American. In her sophomore season, Zack continued her incredible success by winning her first conference title, taking the gold medal in the 1-meter competition at the SEC Championship.
Also in 2009, another pupil of Sherritt's, Allison Brennan, captured gold at the USA Diving Grand Prix in the 3-meter event, beating out a pair of 2008 Olympic medalists to take top honors. Recently under Sherritt's guidance, Brennan finished sixth in the world at the World Championships held in Australia in 2007. She also won the 3-meter title at the 2006 U.S. National Championships and placed seventh at the 2006 World Cup in Chengshu, China that same year. Brennan joins Sherritt this year as an assistant coach after a third-place finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Brennan was the 2004 NCAA Champion on the one-meter board, the first individual national champion for the South Carolina swimming and diving program. She also was the 2006 SEC Champion on the one-meter and three-meter boards, and set the school record on the three-meter.
The 2003-04 season was a stellar year for Gamecock diving as USC took four divers to the NCAA Championships, and in addition to Brennan, Andy Bradley recorded his second consecutive national runner-up performance on the one-meter board at the NCAA Championships. In 2003, Bradley was the runner-up at the U.S. Championships as well. Internationally, Tracey Richardson found success as she earned a spot at the 2004 Olympics on the Great Britain National Team and competed on the three-meter board. Brennan and Bradley qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Other standouts included All-Americans Lauren King (2003-05) and Holly Hodges (2001-05).
Sherritt's international coaching stints include serving as the head coach for Team USA in the 2000 FINA World Grand Prix in Rodstock, Germany. In 1999, he was selected as the World Cup coach for the United States in Wellington, New Zealand, and he was a World University coach for the U.S. in Mallarco, Spain in July of the same year. Most recently, he served as the team leader for Team USA at the China Open in 2008.
In 1998-99, Sherritt helped lead one of South Carolina's most decorated divers, Michelle Davison, to new heights. Davison won two SEC titles and was named SEC Diver of the Year, en route to finishing fourth and fifth on the 1- and 3-meter boards respectively at the NCAA Championships. That year, Sherritt was named SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year.
Sherritt's first Olympic opportunity came in 1996 with Gamecock standout Vivian Alberty. The 1995 1-meter SEC Champion finished her career at USC as a four-time All-American and in 1996 competed for Puerto Rico at the Olympics in Atlanta.
In addition to athletics, Sherritt's divers have excelled outside of the pool as well. Holly Hodges was a recipient of the SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2004-05. Cheryl Lemon was named USC's Female Student Athlete of the Year in 2000, while Chad Sheldon and Lemon were named to the SEC Honor Roll in 1998. Brandon Hulko was named USC Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, and Taryn Zack was South Carolina's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sherritt founded South Carolina Divers in 1982, a University of South Carolina based age group diving team. Sherritt received a B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Cincinnati in 1982.
Sherritt has two daughters, Amber and Hannah and a newborn son, John. His wife's name is Kara.