NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 12. THE Tulane University swimming and diving program completed its coaching staff for the 2013-14 season as first-year head coach Katie Robinson announced the return of five-time collegiate All-American and U.S. National Team member Chris Devine as diving coach and the hiring former All-Mountain West Conference performer Sarah Woodbury as assistant swim coach.
Devine was a member of the Green Wave staff during the 2004-05 season when Tulane won its only Conference USA title, which was clinched by a clutch performance by then-freshman diver Danielle Carrillo. Woodbury, meanwhile, will make her Tulane debut during the upcoming season and joins the Green Wave family from Marshall where she served as an assistant a year ago.
"Both Chris and Sarah share in my vision to build Tulane into a top program in our conference and on the national level as well," Robinson said. "We are all committed and determined to bringing this to fruition while never sacrificing the student-athletes' best interest and experience here at Tulane. Moreover, they both share in my philosophy of using our sport to build and grow our student-athletes into successful, strong, service-oriented and confident young women in our society. I am excited to coach with this staff of talented and wonderful people."
In his first stint at Tulane, Devine worked exclusively with Carrillo and helped her set school records which still stand eight seasons later. Under Devine's tutelage, Carrillo posted record scores of 285.98 in the one-meter springboard vs. Rice on Jan. 29, 2005, 339.25 in the three-meter event at the C-USA Championship on Feb. 24, 2005, and 287.95 in the platform at the conference meet two days later.
He left the coaching profession after the 2004-05 season to focus on raising his family. In the last year, he became the franchise owner for Sports Clips, a national hair-cutting chain, and his first local store opened last week.
Devine originally joined the Tulane staff from Charlotte, N.C., where he was the director and coach of Queen City Diving since 2003. He also served as head coach for Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center and was the sole diving coach for 10 Charlotte-Mecklenberg County high schools. During his tenure at QCD, Devine helped eight student-athletes qualify for the 2004 North Carolina High School State Championship.
Prior to his stint in Charlotte, Devine was a coach and director for the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 2001-02 where he helped 21 athletes qualify for the Junior Olympic Zone Championships and sent six to the Senior National Championships.
Before his initial stint with the Green Wave, Devine's previous college stint came as an assistant at Florida State in 1999-2000. He also spent the 1998-99 season with the Montgomery Dive Club in Rockville, Md., the 1997-98 season at Fort Lauderdale Diving in Florida, and was the assistant camp director of the Penn State Diving Camp from 1994-97.
A gifted diver, Devine was a six-time member of the U.S. National Team and a three-time national champion. In 2000, he was named USA International Three-Meter Synchro Champion, and finished sixth in the Olympic Trials.
Devine starred as a collegian at Penn State from 1990-95 where he was a five-time All-American and was named Big Ten Diver of the Year in 1994 after winning the league's three-meter championship. He graduated with a degree in exercise physiology from Penn State in 1995, and holds certifications from U.S. Diving in Safety, Level I, Level II, Dryboard and Trampoline Spotting.
"I am thrilled to bring Chris to our coaching staff here at Tulane," Robinson said of Devine. "He is undoubtedly skilled in the diving profession, well connected in the diving community for recruiting purposes and has a reputable character. His experience as a member on six national teams and as a three time national champion credits his skill and understanding of the sport.
"He has built up club diving programs in Florida, California, Maryland and North Carolina, giving him experience and the tools necessary to build our diving program here at Tulane to be extremely competitive on the national level. It's been a pleasure to get to know Chris through this process and I'm happy to bring him back into the Tulane swimming and diving family."
Woodbury's position at Tulane marks her fourth stint as a collegiate coach. In addition to the 2012-13 season with the Thundering Herd, she previously served as an assistant at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., from 2011-12 and as an assistant and interim head coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in 2010-11. With Marshall last season, Woodbury was instrumental in helping set or tie four school records as the team won five dual-meet competitions.
During her time at Stevens Institute where she assisted with both the men's and women's programs, Woodbury directed a middle distance group of 18 student-athletes and each posted personal-best times that season. Along the way, the women's team finished fifth at the 2012 Division III NCAA Championship while the men posted an 11th-place showing. A total of nine student-athletes claimed All-America honors, eight earned honorable-mention All-America distinction and Brittany Geyer won the national title in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:15.55.
Her collegiate coaching resume began at Southwestern University in July 2010 when she helped the Pirates establish nine school records, two national qualifiers, and the first All-American in school history. In addition to her college stops, Woodbury also served as head coach for the Huntington (W.Va.) Y Charleston Aquatic Team in 2012-13, head coach at Anderson Mill Swim Club from 2008-11 and youth coach for the North Shore Swim Club in Auckland, New Zealand from May through December 2008.
Following a stellar prep career at Westwood High and with the Circle C Swim Club where she earned NISCA All-America honors, Woodbury earned an athletic scholarship to BYU and was a four-year letterwinner from 2003-07. As a college student-athlete, she helped the Cougars claim four consecutive MWC titles, claimed the Scholar Athlete Award each year and earned All-MWC recognition three times. Following her time in Provo, Utah, Woodbury trained with the New Zealand National Team in 2008.
A native of Austin, Texas, she completed her degree in advertising and marketing from BYU in 2007 and earned a master's in physical education from Texas State in 2010.
"Sarah will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Robinson said. "She has proven herself as an outstanding coach on many fronts. Her experience as a top Division I student-athlete at BYU will allow her to relate and have a good rapport with our team. She has worked with multiple coaches in her time both as an athlete and coach, and will be able to bring different ideas to the table from those experiences. Her time as an international coach and her extremely likable personality will enhance our recruiting efforts.
"Sarah is extremely competent in all aspects 'behind the scenes' of coaching that will make her an huge asset to our program. We share a similar coaching philosophy while having differing strengths to complement each other as a coaching team. I am blessed to be able to welcome her to our swimming and diving family and look forward to coaching alongside of her for many years."
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