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Springboard to a New Opportunity

July 6, 2006

Moultrie -- Even with all their success, the Moose Moss Farms diving team is guaranteed at least one loss after the Junior Summer East Nationals this weekend.

That's because even though the team has already qualified six divers for the Junior Nationals after just one day of competition, head coach Ron Piemonte won't be able to join his team in Indianapolis.

"As a matter of fact, this is my last meet here," said Piemonte. "I got a new opportunity that has come up. I've been hired as the head coach at Virginia Tech."

Piemonte says the opportunity to coach a college program in the ACC like Virginia Tech was an offer he couldn't refuse.

"It's one of those things where it's a great opportunity, and of course, they're building a new facility, so that's also very enticing."

With this being his last meet with the Moss Farms team, Piemonte says its a bitter sweet weekend.

"It'll be pretty emotional. I've spent a lot of time with a lot of these kids on a daily basis for hours and hours and hours. It's going to be kind of sad, but it's also a move forward."

Piemonte says he won't forget the divers here in Moultrie, especially when it's time to recruit.

"I've got a lot of kids that I've got a lot of good ties to here, and I'm hoping they'll be coming my way." 

This is not Ron Piemonte's first college coaching position.

He was previously the head coach for men's and women's diving teams at the University of New Mexico.

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