Wright is beginning his third year working with the UT squad alongside diving coach Dave Parrington as the team prepares for the season opener this weekend in Wilmington, N.C. Wright is in his third year as head coach of the age group program for Tennessee Diving, the Knoxville club based out of Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
"Mike's entire work ethic, his demeanor, his experience and success as a diver here will all really be instrumental to help this program to continue at the level we've been at," Parrington said. "I'm excited to have him around again."
It was another strong year for Tennessee divers in 2015. Mauricio Robles won the 1-meter springboard title with a school-record score of 421.15. Liam Stone, who joined the team in January, set the SEC meet record to win the 3-meter title with a score of 463.60 with Robles taking third.
As a competitor for Tennessee from 2009-11, Wright was a standout on the springboards at the conference and national levels. He was an All-American and won the 2011 SEC title on the 1-meter board as a senior while serving as a team captain. In 2010, he won the 1-meter title at the USA Diving Winter National Championships.
He ended his competitive career in 2012 by placing 12th on the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
"Having that experience is really helpful, especially assisting with our younger divers who don't have a whole lot of concept about what it takes to get to that level," Parrington said. "One of the beauties of having Mike aboard is that when he came in, he was an incredible talent who hadn't really done a lot of basic work that he needed to refine. It was almost like going back to scratch with him and learning everything like new. He'll be able to help me get that across to the younger divers."
Coaching has truly been the family business for the Wright family. His mother is a gymnastics club in Chicago, and his father is a track coach.
Wright has completed his graduate degree in sports psychology at UT. He received his undergraduate degree in art design.