Boating Accident Kills Former `M' Diver

April 24, 2014

Boating Accident Claims the Life of Donnie Craine

Donnie Craine, a University of Michigan letter winner as a diver (1974-76) and someone who has been known as one of the best collegiate diving coaches, died this morning (April 24) of injuries sustained in a boating accident.

Craine completed his 38th season as a veteran coach, with 30 of his last 37 years of experience as University of Florida diving coach.

As a competitor at Michigan under coaching legend Dick Kimball, Craine earned third place finishes on both the one and three meter boards in the 1975 and 1976 NCAA Championships. He was also a 13-time finalist at the U.S. Nationals.

Craine was born in Ann Arbor, and raised in Fort Lauderdale. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in physical education in 1976. Craine and his wife, the former Mindy Sawyer of Indialantic, Fla., had been married 36 years. Donnie is also survived by his children Keith (31), Chris¬topher (30) and Stephanie (26). Keith, married to the former Jesse Hayes (Rome, Ga.), who serves as a major in the U.S. Air Force and flies search and rescue helicopters.

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