Kelly Gufford
Position: Diving Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska-Kearney
Graduating Year: 2004

Kelly Gufford joins the University of Idaho staff as the Vandals diving 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 Duke University where she was the head coach of a club program.  She worked under the direction of 2012 U.S. Olympic head coach Drew Johansen as well as University of North Carolina coach Jenny Johansen, Duke University 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 its continued successes.”

Prior to her time in North Carolina, she owned and operated a large club program in Omaha, Nebraska. While in Nebraska, Gufford was recognized as one of the top diving coaches in the state for club and high school diving.  She has coached on four State Champion Teams, two First Runner-up State Champion Teams, coached three divers to All-American Consideration, had more than 25 State Qualifiers, coached four Conference Champions in two conferences, broke more than 20 school records in three high schools, sent many divers to compete in the NCAA, and had numerous national qualifiers. Most recently, one of her club divers was named NISCA All-American which is the highest honor in high school athletics.

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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