Mike Hilde
Mike  Hilde

Diving Coach


The Science of Diving

The Science of Diving

Mike Hilde is in his third year as diving coach at the University of Michigan. He oversees both men's and women's divers. With an emphasis on platform diving and dryland training, the program has made significant strides in Hilde's tenure.

Under Hilde, the women's team qualified three divers to the NCAA Championships in both 2016 and 2017, a feat last achieved in 1993-94. In fact, Michigan divers under Hilde have earned seven qualifying spots at the NCAA Championships in three years (2015-17), compared to nine spots in the previous 20 years prior to his arrival (1995-2014). In 2017, Hilde coached Allie Murphy (three-meter) and Kristen Hayden (platform) to NCAA All-America Honorable Mentions, marking the first time since 1994 that the women's program has had two different divers score points at the same NCAA Championships. He also coached Carey Chen to a podium finish on platform in 2015, the program's first NCAA Championships finalist in any of the three diving events in 19 years.

Hilde came to Ann Arbor after three years with the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he was the National/International Team Director and an assistant coach. In Sept. 2014, he served on USA Diving's coaching staff for the 2014 FINA World Junior Championships, held in Penza, Russia.

He sports 14 years of experience as both an athlete and coach. With the Mission Viejo Nadadores, Hilde designed training programs and provided technical instruction and guidance to Junior Olympic and Senior-level athletes. Last August, he was named National/International Team Director, serving as Communications Director for the Junior Olympic and Senior programs, while also serving as the team's correspondent to USA Diving. He also formed training schedules and planned travel for national and international competitions. Since 2012, Hilde has additionally served on the Committee of Competitive Excellence within USA Diving.

He coached his divers to three top-four finishes at the J.O. National Championships (2011-13) and a top-five finish at the 2013 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships. In addition, Hilde's divers took first as a team at both the 2013 Age Group National Championships and 2013 Junior Olympic Games. Prior to his appointment in Mission Viejo, Hilde was head diving coach for one season at the University of San Diego (2010-11).

He was an accomplished collegiate diver at the University of Southern California (2004-07), where he was a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier. In his 12 career diving events at the NCAA Championships, Hilde scored in nine of them, including an NCAA All-America honor in 2006 on the three-meter springboard. Prior to USC, Hilde dove for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, where he was mentored by Olympians Hongping Li and Janet Ely. There, he was a five-time J.O. U.S. National champion, six-time U.S. West National champion and qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (three-meter).

He graduated from USC in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in public policy, management and planning.