Former All-American and USA Diving champion Michael Wright is back with the Tennessee program as the volunteer diving coach.
Wright is beginning his second 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 second 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."
Wright replaces Brian Pritt, another former Tennessee diver who accepted the diving coach job at Kansas over the summer.
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 in December. He received his undergraduate degree in art design.