John Krakora joined the Liberty swimming & diving coaching staff in August 2018, and currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach who will focus on helping coach the program's divers.
During his first year at Liberty, he helped take the diving program to a new level. In 2018-19, freshmen Lauren Chennault, Abigail Egolf-Jensen and Olivia Robinson became the first three divers in program history to qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships. Also, Liberty's divers contributed 225 points at the 2019 CCSA Championships, helping the Lady Flames earn their second conference title in program history. Following the season, Chennault and Egolf-Jensen competed as a pair at the USA Diving Senior National Championships, taking seventh in women's three-meter synchronized. Krakora brought experience as a division I diving coach. He started his coaching career during the 1981-82 season, serving as head coach for the ACC champion, Virginia. From 1982-85, Krakora worked as an assistant coach at Princeton, helping the age-group team annually rank in the top 10 nationally each year from 1983 through 1985. He served as president of the New Jersey Association of U.S. Diving from 1986-92. Also during that time, he returned to Westfield YWCA and re-established the program for three years.
A New Jersey native, Krakora was the high school state champion and a High School All-American in 1977 before going on to a successful collegiate career at Cornell. While at Cornell, he made the All-Ivy League team in both 1980 and 1981, also winning the one-meter springboard at the 1981 Eastern Collegiate Championships.
Krakora has lived in Lynchburg since 1992, and recently retired from J.Crew after a 30-year career at the company.