|Kelly Gufford joins Vandal staff|
Kelly Gufford joins the University of Idaho staff as the Vandals diving coach, 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 the American School for Diving where she worked under the direction of 2012 U.S. Olympic head coach Drew Johansen as well as University of North Carolina coach Jenny Johansen, representative Team USA 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 at the American School of Diving, she owned and operated a large club program called Elite Diving Academy, LLC., at Omaha, Neb. She also was a high school diving coach in Omaha.
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.