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For Immediate Release
DOUG SHAFFER NAMED LSU HEAD DIVING COACH
BATON ROUGE -- Doug Shaffer has been named the new head diving
LSU, head coach Jeff Cavana announced on Monday.
Shaffer, 39, replaces former coach Scott Reich, who left
LSU in July to
lead the women's diving program at Arkansas. Shaffer is no
stranger to the
collegiate ranks. He was formerly the head diving coach at
of Minnesota from 1989-96, winning Big 10 Diving Coach of
the Year award
four times. He won the honor on the men's side in 1993 and
1996, and won it
for the women in 1994 and 1995. Shaffer was in charge of the
at UCLA in 1988-89.
Shaffer coached 11 Big Ten Champions, 29 NCAA All-Americans,
and two NCAA
Champions during his tenure at Minnesota. Shaffer also coached
the Twin City Divers group and the Doug Shaffer National Diving
Shaffer was the chosen as the coach for the United States
international competitions from 1989 through 1999 and was
chosen as an
Assistant Competition Manager for the 1996 Olympic Games in
Atlanta, Ga. He
spent the last two years in England as diving coach at the
England High Performance Center, where he coached five Olympians
Lottery Funded World Class Performance Program.
"We are very excited to have Doug become a part of our
program here at
LSU," said LSU head coach Jeff Cavana. "Doug has
a great track record of
success at our level and has a reputation for being a great
coach in the past."
"Doug will certainly do a great job for our program
and bring in some
big-name recruits immediately. He will recruit both nationally
internationally, since he coached in England for nine months
Shaffer is a 1986 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts
History. He was the NCAA Champion and Diver of the Year for
the Bruins in
1986, a silver medalist at the Pan American Games in 1987,
and was an
Olympic Trials finalist in 1984 and 1988.
"I am ecstatic about the opportunity to coach here at
LSU," said Shaffer.
"To me this is one of the best jobs around because you
are coaching in one
of the most competitive conferences in the country- the SEC."
"I had the opportunity to do some other things besides
coaching in the past
few years but I really missed it and I am glad to be back
because I love
Shaffer is the brother of Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer,
coached at LSU from 1994-95. LSU will ironically open its
2002-03 season on
Oct. 5 against Auburn in Baton Rouge at noon. The Tigers will
Reich when Arkansas comes to town on Nov. 9 along with Alabama
at 10 a.m.
LSU will officially begin the season on Fri. Oct. 4 when
they hold the
annual Purple and Gold Intrasquad at 3 p.m. in Baton Rouge.
Contact: Patrick Meehan
Phone: (225) 578-8226