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Oates is a 2011 graduate of Oakland University where she not only excelled in athletics but academics. Oates was a two-time honorable mention academic honorable mention and qualified for zone competition four times in both the 1- and 3-meter events. She also was recognized on the 2010 Summit's League's Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and was a 2010 Summit League Distinguished Scholar.

She comes to Idaho from Ohio Northern University, where she served as the recruiting coordinator.

"For four years Chelsea was the face of Oakland diving," head coach Mark Sowa said. "She was a fierce competitor and a four-time NCAA qualifier.  She is bringing that success as an athlete here to Moscow and we couldn't be happier. 

"Chelsea knows what it takes to make the jump to the national level which is what we are committed to here with Vandals diving.  Her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and I am confident that we just hired the perfect coach for the job."

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