SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ann Wright has been appointed as UC Santa Barbara's diving coach it has been announced by head swimming coach Gregg Wilson. Wright will be critical in helping the Gauchos' resurrect their diving program, which was brought back last season after an 11-year absence.
"Ann Wright is a proven and dedicated professional in the sport of spring board and we are extremely fortunate to have her join our staff," Wilson said. "Her strong presence in the Southern California diving community and her proven record as a coach will significantly add to our UCSB aquatics programs. Ann is a great person to resurrect our diving program and our incoming class of freshmen divers will benefit immediately."
Wright has an extensive background as a diving coach. Currently, she serves as the Birmingham High School and Oxnard District dive coach, in addition to assisting at Mission Viejo Dive Camps.
She served as the Los Angeles Valley College dive coach for four seasons (2007-10) and spent three summers with the Navy Diving Camp. Wright spent nine seasons coaching diving and swimming for the Saginaw Schools.
Wright attended Clarion State College in Pennsylvania where she served as an assistant diving coach (1976-79).
During her coaching tenure, she has been named Michigan's High School Diving Coach of the Year multiple times, has coached three high school State Champions, 12 All-State divers, 67 All-Americans, 35 Junior National qualifiers, five Senior National Qualifiers, seven Junior National Champions and has had three divers named to the Junior National Team.
As an athlete, she was a High School All-American, All-State and an AIAW All-American on the one and three-meter boards.
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