Jon Real was named the diving coach of the University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs in August of 2016.
Real was a member of the San Diego State Divers coaching staff from late 2011 to November of 2014. There, he mentored athletes of ages eight to 18, both in dryland settings and at the diving well. His accomplishments with SDSD included utilizing his background in gymnastics to successfully transition gymnasts into diving.
Athletes who Real coached were among the top high school divers in the San Diego region, with some going on to earn Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-America distinction. He went on to start La Jolla Dive Club, which is fully sanctioned by the AAU and USA Diving. Real is a certified Level 1 coach within both organizations.
Real was a standout collegiate performer under head coach Dennis Taylor at UCLA, qualifying for the NCAA Championships his senior season, with four varsity letters as the Bruins' four-time Most Valuable Diver from 1980-83. He later competed in 10-meter platform diving, coached by Glenn and Debbie McCormick, and has won USA Diving Senior Zones in that discipline while participating in numerous Senior Nationals.
Real's wife, Sharon Daly Real, is a past age-group national champion and dove for the now-retired and legendary Dr. Rick Schavone at Stanford. They reside in La Jolla, and have two children, with son Jonathan a senior at George Washington University, and daughter Jackie a sophomore diver at Cornell.
Real excelled in diving and gymnastics growing up in Santa Fe Springs, where he attended Santa Fe High School. He earned his UCLA degree in history in 1984.