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The Tulane swimming and diving program welcomed back a familiar face as former U.S. National Team member and five-time All-American diver Chris Devine returns to the staff as the team's diving 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. 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 in June 2013.
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.