Coaching Staff

About the Coaches

Michael Wright

Program Director & Head Coach

  • 2018 TEAM USA Junior National Diving Coach
  • 2018 Tennessee H.S State Coach of the Year
  • Coach of 3 Tennessee H.S State Diving Champions
  • Coached athlete to 2 Pan American Gold Medals
  • Coached athletes to 5 USA National Titles
  • 2010 USA Diving 1 meter National Champion
  • 2011 SECĀ 1 meter Champion and NCAA All America
  • 2012 USA 3 meter Olympic Trial finalist

 

 

 

 

Kristen Sheppard

Beginner and Intermediate Coach

  • 1986 – 1994 University of Calgary Diving Club / Dive Calgary
  • Provincial Age Group and Senior Champion
  • Age Group National medalist, Senior national finalist
  • Western Canada Games participant
  • 1993 – 1999 Maxwell Associates & Falcon Entertainment, Inc
  • Coach at the University of Calgary

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Parrington

Senior Diving Collegiate Coach

  • 29 years of University of Tennessee Head Diving Coach
  • 2013 NCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year
  • Coached 7 NCAA Champions
  • Coached 41 SEC Champions
  • Coached Zimbabwe’s Olympic Team in 1996 & 2000 Olympics
  • Participant in 1980 Moscow Olympics

 

 

 

 

 

Kaitlyn Marlowe

High School Diving Coach

  • 4 years of Lead Gymnastics Coach of Summit Sports Training Center
  • 4 years of Lead Cheer Coach of Summit Sports Training Center
  • 4 year Diving athlete for Hardin Valley Academy
  • Top 10 Women’s KISL Diving Finalist
  • Current University of Tennessee Student
  • Office Assistant for UTK Honors and Scholars Programs

 

 

 

 

Shannon Richardson

Beginner and Intermediate Coach

  • 4.0 GPA – Liberty Academy H.S Graduate
  • Coached with American Institute of Gymnastics
  • Coached with West FL Lightning Aquatics Diving Team
  • 2017 TISCA State Championship top 10 finish
  • 2017 KISL Championship top 4 finish

 

 

 

 

Jackson Wallace

All Levels – Substitute Coach

  • 2017 TISCA State Championship top 15 finish
  • Dobyns Bennett High School Graduate
  • Current University of Tennessee Student