NEW ORLEANS, La., May 25. THE Tulane University swimming and diving team added another member to its ever-expanding program as head coach Daniella Irle announced the hiring of former U.S. National Team member and five-time collegiate All-American Christopher Devine as the new diving coach on Tuesday.
Devine will be in charge of all aspects of Green Wave springboard and platform events as the squad will field a diving team for the first time since the 1989-90 season. Last season, Tulane won 13 meets and finished fifth in the Conference USA Championship despite forfeiting all diving points.
“I think Chris is going to be a great fit for us here at Tulane,” Irle said. “He understands that we need to grow this part of our program slowly and carefully. He is a team player who will always put the needs of the total program first. He was a first-rate diver himself at the collegiate level and he understands the demands of being a student-athlete.
“In addition, he was also successful on a national and international level, and that type of experience in a coach will benefit our divers as they progress and mature as athletes. It is exciting to be completing our staff and putting a more complete team in the pool next year.”
Devine comes to Tulane from Charlotte, N.C., where he has been 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.
The position at Tulane marks Devine’s return to the collegiate ranks as he served as an assistant at Florida State in 1999-2000. Devine 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 two-time national championship team member. 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 10 Diver of the Year in 1994 after winning the Big 10 3-Meter championship.
Devine 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.