Since taking over as the Head Diving Coach at Cleveland State in 2003, Rich Karban has had tremendous amounts of success. He is not only viewed as one of the top coaches in Cleveland State history, but also the entire Horizon League.
Karban has claimed six Horizon League Diving Coach of the Year honors, combining men’s and women’s awards. He has coached student-athletes that have won a combined eight Horizon League Diver of the Year accolades, and his men’s and women’s divers have won 15 conference titles, combining 1-meter and 3-meter events.
Karban coached Chris Dalman to top-20 finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the 2007 NCAA Championships. The Horizon League all-time records in both the 1-meter and 3-meter men’s events are held by CSU divers coached by Karban.
During the 2017-18 season, Karban helped freshman Matt Akers to a successful debut season. Akers placed among the top four in both diving events at the Horizon League Championships, taking second in the 1-meter competition, and was the top-placing rookie in both disciplines. Akers also qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with Karban’s assistance.
During the early 1980's, Karban had a very successful diving career at Cleveland State. In 2000, he became just the second diver and the fourth member of the swimming and diving team to be voted into the Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Karban also became the first CSU diver and just the second swimming and diving team member to win an Eastern Intercollegiate Championship, claiming the three-meter title in 1984. During each of his four seasons on the team, he also helped the Vikings to a team title at the Penn-Ohio Championships. His career culminated in 1984 after being named the team's most outstanding athlete and qualifying for zones.
Karban spent three years with CSU from 1984-1987 before leaving to work with Olympic diving coach Ron O'Brien. He spent the first two seasons as an assistant and was the head diving coach for the Vikings for the 1986-87 season. Karban then coached the diving team at Eastern Michigan from 1989-94, earning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honor in 1992. He also coached his U.S. Diving Junior Olympic Club to a fifth-place finish at the national championships in 1990.
Karban and his wife, Betsy, were married in 1988 and have two children, Rich and Elyssa.