VAN AUSTIN NAMED HEAD COACH AT TUALATIN HILLS
After six years, Van Austin has stepped out of retirement
to assume the
responsibilities as Head Diving Coach at Tualatin Hills Diving
Beaverton, Oregon. He will be responsible for lessons, Novice
Olympic team and Senior Team. Other responsibilities include
sport and increasing the size of the team which now numbers
about 30. He
took over on November 4. As a current resident of Portland,
readily available when the THDC needed a new coach.
Austin had been a diving coach for thirty-five years in Southern
before moving to Portland in 2000. His coaching background
Junior Olympic, Senior, High School and College teams. During
that time he
coached the Los Angeles Diving Team, the Rose Bowl Aquatics
Diving Team, UCLA
and California State University-Northridge, among others.
A few of his
numerous awards include being named United States Junior Olympic
the Year" three times, "College Coach of the Year"
four times and "PAC-10 Coa
ch of the Year" three times. In 2000 he was the US Olympic
Diving Team Leader
"I'm happy to have this opportunity," says Austin.
"The team has an excellent
facility, a hard working parents group, and quite a bit of
talent. I want to
continue the high level of performance the team has exhibited
in the past.
Oregon has a long history of high quality diving having put
several people on
the Olympic Team in the past. Tualatin Hills is the only team
in Portland, in
fact, it's the only team in the entire state of Oregon. I
would like to help
change that and spearhead the redevelopment of the sport in
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