BLOOMINGTON, Ind. October 17. INDIANA head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber announced the addition of Todd Waikel as an assistant coach. Waikel will join the staff immediately, and completes the swimming and diving assistant staff that includes Donny Brush, Mike Westphal and Pam Swander.
"I feel very fortunate to have Todd on our coaching staff," Huber said. "He and I share a common vision for the future of the IU program, and the goals we want to accomplish within the next 5-10 years. He brings 17 years of coaching experience and a familiarity with United States diving and diving within the state of Indiana. He is well-known and extremely well liked and respected by the coaching community and brings new ideas and a great deal of enthusiasm to our program."
Prior to joining the Hoosiers, Waikel served as the head diving coach for Northern Indiana Diving in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 2001-05. In 2005, Waikel guided Daniel Freble to the U.S. Open, Andrew Krafft to the U.S./Canadian All-Star Meet and the Junior Open Winter Nationals' silver medal. He also served as a judge at both the men's and women's Big Ten Championships. In 2004, Waikel tutored Krafft to All-American honors on both the one- and three-meter boards, and he helped Freble to the U.S./Canadian All-State Meet Bronze Medal on the one-meter in 2003.
On the administrative side of the sport, Waikel is a member of the U.S. Diving Committee for Continued Excellence sub committee, and is a senior representative for the Indiana Diving Association. He also is the Junior Olympic Chairperson for the IDA, and a voting delegate for U.S. Diving.
The Warsaw, Ind., native graduated in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Purdue University.