Mike Hilde
Mike  Hilde

Position:
Diving Coach


01/13/2016

The Science of Diving

The Science of Diving

Mike Hilde recently concluded his second season 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 first two years.

In 2016, Michigan had three women's divers at the NCAA Championships for the first time in 25 years. As a group, the women's divers scored 171 points at the Big Ten Championships, a monumental increase over the output from the previous year (19). Individually, Hilde coached Allie Murphy to a U.S. Olympic Diving Trials berth, becoming the first U-M women's diver to qualify since 1988. The previous year, Hilde tutored women's diver Carey Chen to an NCAA All-America honor on platform, becoming the women's program's first finalist on any diving discipline at the NCAA Championships 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.


 



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