|Position:||Head Diving Coach|
|Alma Mater:||University of Tennessee|
Sean Letsinger took a young diving program to new heights in his short three seasons with the Richmond program. As the Spiders won their 14th Atlantic 10 Title in 2016, Letsinger was honored as the Diving Coach of the Year.
At the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship meet, Richmond diver Irina Chiulli did something no Richmond diver had ever done, she took home the Most Outstanding Diver award after becoming the second diver in school history to win gold in a Conference Championship Meet. Chiulli repeated as the A-10 3m diving champion and won the Most Outstanding diver award, as the team won its 14th Championship in 15 seasons.
Letsinger coached Chiulli to break her own school record in the 3m during her junior season, while also becoming the new record holder in the 1m event. At the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship in the 3m finals, she also broke her own school record with a score of 314.60. Letsinger also had two divers qualify to the NCAA Zone Meet in back-to-back seasons. The 2015 meet also marked the first time all three divers scored in both the 1m and 3m events in back-to-back years since becoming an Atlantic 10 Conference member in 2001. Chiulli was A-10 Performer of the Week twice, and freshman Laura Rokop earned A-10 Rookie of the Week during the season.
Chiulli competed at the NCAA Diving Zones for the first time after her freshman year in 2014, making her way to the finals of the 3m spring board event, finishing 15th, the highest finish for a Richmond diver in several years. Chiulli posted a mark of 310.06 in the 3m to set the school record for the first time in her career, and won seven dual meets. She also capturted three A-10 Rookie of the Week honors during the season.
Letsinger spent the 2012–2013 season as the men’s and women’s diving coach at South Dakota State University. In his short time there, he led his divers to 22 individual personal best performances, 18 individual wins, 14 individual second place finishes, and 7 new school records. Letsinger played a pivotal role in leading the men’s team to its first undefeated dual meet season in school history (7–0). Under his leadership, his divers raised the men’s three meter school record by 28.73 points and raised the men’s one meter school record by 42.22 points.
At the 2013 Summit League Conference Championships, his divers had respectable performances. Senior diver, Brad Schoreit, started off the meet by winning a bronze medal in the men’s one meter springboard event, which helped the men’s team edge out IUPUI for the second place title of the championships. Freshman diver, Olivia Olesiak, won a bronze medal in the women’s three meter springboard event, which marked the first medal earned in the event since SDSU joined the conference in 2007. Both Schoreit and Olesiak were named to the Summit League’s 2012–2013 All-League Team.
Letsinger also led Schoreit and junior, Clark Kocourek, to qualify to compete in the NCAA Zone D Championships. Kocourek and Schoreit make up the 2nd and 3rd persons respectively to have ever achieved a qualifying score in school history.
During his yearlong stint at SDSU, both the men’s and women’s teams earned the highest team grade point averages in program history. The men’s team earned a 3.116, and the women’s team earned a 3.500 in the spring 2013 semester.
A native of Knoxville, TN, Letsinger was a letterman diver at the University of Tennessee from 2007–2010. He was awarded the first ever Inspiration Award at the 2010 Volscars in honor of his perseverance through extreme personal obstacles. During the following two seasons, he went on to become the student assistant diving coach at UT and assisted head coach, Dave Parrington, in leading his divers to multiple top finishes in the 2012 SEC Championships.
Letsinger held the assistant diving coach position for Tennessee Diving for eight years (2004–2012). During his time with Tennessee Diving, he assisted in coaching multiple city, state, regional, zone, and national finalists and champions. Letsinger coached divers including Jacob Siler, who was the gold medalist in the 12-13 three meter event at the 2011 USA Diving Age Group National Championships, and Samuel Smith, who was a finalist in the 2012 USA Diving Olympic Trials.
Additionally, Letsinger served as the head diving coach for Knoxville Catholic High School for four years (2008–2012). During his time coaching at KCHS, his divers consistently finished in the top eight in all major high school championships. Letsinger coached Emily Boone to a gold medal in the 2012 Knoxville City High School Diving Championships in her senior season.
Prior to college, Letsinger qualified and competed in 14 USA Junior Olympic Nationals, one USA Diving Junior Olympic World Trials (2002), two USA vs. Canada Junior Challenges (2002, 2003), and one Junior Olympic Pan-American Games (2003). He competed on several USA Diving international teams which included Olympic medalists: Nick McCrory, Kristian Ipsen, and Kelci Bryant.
Letsinger remains the current record holder of the Knoxville Area high school city championships (571.90) and has held that record since 2005. While in high school, he was named Texas Roadhouse High School Athlete of the Week, Tennessee State High School Diver of the Year, and Academic All-American on numerous occasions.
Letsinger graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee in May 2011. He received his Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Studies from South Dakota State University in December, 2014.
In addition to his coaching endeavors at the University of Richmond, Letsinger is the owner, director, and head diving coach for Richmond Area Diving, LLC (RAD).
Sean and his partner, Stefan, reside in Richmond with their dog, Browser.
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