Dave Maliar returns to the Blue Devils as the diving coach for the 2016-17 season. Maliar previously had served as the diving coach from 2005-12 for the Blue Devils. In total he begins his eighth season as the Blue Devil diving coach.
Maliar is a two-time Diving Coach of the Year in the Northeast Conference. He twice coached the 1-meter and 3-meter NEC Champion for the Blue Devils during his previous stint as diving coach.
After graduating from CCSU in 2004, Maliar began coaching Central Connecticut divers to many individual accolades. In 2005, Juliana DiPlacido won both the one and three-meter events and broke the NEC record on the three-meter board. Maliar coached her to the NCAA Diving Regionals, a first for any CCSU competitor. DiPlacido, who won on both boards as a freshman, took home the one-meter crown in 2004. In 2006, he guided Kristen Rossi to a Northeast Conference title on the one-meter board, which led to her first NEC Diver of the Year award.
Maliar was a four-year member of the Windsor High School swimming and diving team, which won a pair of conference titles. Maliar was also a member of the Central men's diving team for two seasons. He earned a ninth-place finish on the one-meter and a third-place finish on the three-meter diving boards on the collegiate level at the 2002 Northeast Conference Men's Swimming Invitational.
The first member of his family to attend college, Maliar was a Dean's List student while completing a Bachelor's Degree in communication.