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Gufford Joins Idaho As Diving Coach

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Courtesy Idaho athletics

Kelly Gufford joins the University of Idaho staff as the Vandals diving coach, head coach Mark Sowa announced Monday.

"We are thrilled to have Kelly joining our Vandal Family," Sowa said. "Coach Gufford comes to us having mentored under one of the best coaches in the world. I am very confident that her skills, enthusiasm and love for this sport will continue our development into one of the best diving programs in the West.

"We are lucky to have someone of her caliber joining our staff. This continues to illustrate that our program is on the rise."

Gufford comes to Idaho from the American School of Diving where she worked under the direction of 2012 U.S. Olympic coach Drew Johansen as well as University of North Carolina coach Jenny Johansen, Team USA coach Nunzio Esposto and Olympic meet director Katherine Hazelton.

"I am honored and elated to be a Vandal," Gufford said. "My biggest dream always has been to lead a Division I diving team and that dream is now a reality.

"I am excited to share with this team all of the knowledge and enthusiasm I have gained from years of training under the best coaches in the country. The University of Idaho swimming and diving program is very accomplished and I am thrilled to be a part of tis continued successes."

Prior to her time at the American School of Diving, she owned and operated the Elite Diving Academy, LLC., at Omaha, Neb., which she developed into a group of more than 100 divers. She also was a high school diving coach and official in Omaha.

Gufford is a 2004 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where she was a member of the diving team. She earned NCAA Division II Student-Athlete honors while earning her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice/Pre-Law.

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