Purdue University and Boiler Diving Academy coach Adam Soldati and Gabi Chereches of Longhorn Aquatics have been honored as part of the United States Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year recognition program for 2013.
Soldati was recognized as the National Coach of the Year for diving, marking the third consecutive year he has received the honor. Chereches was selected as diving’s Developmental Coach of the Year.
Soldati coaches David Boudia, who won the silver medal on 10-meter at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. With the silver medal, Boudia became the first American male to medal on the event in back-to-back World Championships since 1986. Boudia, an 18-time national champion, won his first career springboard national titles after wins on individual and synchronized 3-meter at the 2013 USA Diving Winter National Championships. In addition, Steele Johnson won the silver medal on platform at the Junior Pan American Diving Championships and won four senior national titles, winning both individual and synchronized 10-meter titles at the AT&T National Diving Championships as well as at winter nationals. Casey Matthews, the 2013 NCAA champion on 3-meter for Purdue, won silver on 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter (with teammate Michelle Cabassol) at winter nationals, and MacKenzie Tweardy was a member of the 2013 World University Games team.
Chereches was named head coach of USA Diving’s Junior Pan American Championships Team after four of his divers were selected to the team. All four of his divers won medals at Junior Pan Ams, and Tarrin Gilliland was recognized as the girls high point winner after coming home with two golds and a bronze in her first Junior Pan Am meet. Maria Coburn, Alison Gibson and Emma Villarreal also won medals at Junior Pan Ams. At the USA Diving Junior National Championships, Longhorn Aquatics placed fifth as a team with just six divers competing in Minneapolis. Gilliland won gold in all three individual events in the 11-and-under age group to become the first female diver to sweep the individual events at junior nationals since 2003. Coburn and Villarreal also won junior national titles. At the USA Diving Winter National Championships, Gilliand (11) and Coburn (12) were among the youngest competitors in the field; Gilliland made the 3-meter finals in her first senior nationals appearance.
Each year, National Governing Bodies from each of the Olympic and Pan American sports are invited to recognize one coach in each category as part of the USOC coach recognition program.