- Dale Schultz
Swimming & Diving Coaches
Dale Schultz enters his second season at Florida in 2015-16 after being named the head diving coach by head coach Gregg Troy on July 11, 2014. In his first season in Gainesville (2014-15), Schultz coached Kahlia Warner and Zach Hernandez to accomplishments that haven’t happened in years.
On the men’s side, Hernandez competed on the platform dive at the NCAA Championships and placed eighth in the consolation finals with a score of 346.75 to earn honorable mention All-American honors. That tribute became UF’s first male diver to compete at the NCAA meet since Mike Lewark in 2012, and the program’s first All-American since Jonathan Wilcox earned the accolade on the one-meter board in 2006.
On the women’s side, Warner earned All-American honors on the first day of the NCAA Championships on the one-meter board. She became UF’s first female diver since 2011 to earn an All-American honor and its second-ever female to earn the accolade on the one-meter board. Monica Dodson was the Gators last All-American diver and Megan Neyer (1982-86) was the last to accomplish the feat on the one-meter. In addition, Warner placed second and set a school-record on the platform dive with a score of 326.45 points at the SEC Championships. She finished the season with 11 event wins throughout dual meet and invitational competition.
“We are very excited to have Dale with us in Gainesville,” Troy said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. Having been in the conference (SEC), Dale knows the level of competition and what it takes for our student-athletes to succeed.”
Schultz came to Gainesville from Noblesville, Ind., where he was the Associate Head Coach at Ripfest Diving. Prior to that, Schultz spent 16 years at Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas (1989-2000, 2008-13) as the Razorbacks’head diving coach.
While overseeing the Razorbacks, Schultz, who was named the 1993 SEC Diving Coach of the Year, coached eight Arkansas student-athletes to a total of 19 All-America honors.At the SEC Championships,Schultz produced a pair of platform champions,with P.J. Murphy taking the men's title in both 1993 and1994. His 1994 squad scored 38 points at the NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships that contributed to Arkansas’ 20th-place team finish.
Schultz spent the past year in Noblesville as a private instructor at Ripfest, where he coached many individuals, including his daughter, Brooke, who enters the 10th grade this fall.
Before arriving at Arkansas, Schultz served as the head diving coach at Purdue during the 1988-89 season, where he oversaw the development ofa Canadian Games gold medalist, Eric VanKannl, as well as multiple Big Ten finalists and NCAA top-20 finishers. He also made stops at Idaho and Northern Michigan (Division II).
In addition to his success on the college scene, Schultz served as the team leader for the United States at the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y.
A native of Akron, N.Y., Schultz is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University, where he earned a B.S. in agriculture. In 1988, he earned his M.A. in exercise science while at Northern Michigan.
Schultz (53) and his wife Darby have three children, Hayden, Brooke and Collin. Hayden (17) is an AMA pro road racer as he competes in the Vance and Hines XR 1200 series as well as the SuperSport 600 class (cc). Brooke (15) is an accomplished diver, winning the 2013 Pan-Am Junior Championships bronze medal. Dale’s youngest son, Collin (12) is an amateur road racer.
Schultz replaced Donnie Craine,who passed away in April 2014. Craine steered the Gator diving program for the past 30 seasons and he was named theSEC Diving Coach of the Year five times at UF. Craine coached five NCAA champions, including Florida’s first – Chris Snode in 1978 (3-meter springboard).
“Donnie (Craine) was a close friend and mentor to me throughout my career,” Schultz said. “I just want to continue to move this program forward and build on the success and tradition that he set up at the University of Florida.”
Troy echoed Schultz’s comments.
“Dale was great friends with Donnie (Craine), so he knows how much he meant to this program and he understands what we like to do,” Troy said. “Dale has an interest in our entire program as he knows that diving is just one part of it. That makes him unique.”
The Dale Schultz File
Hometown: Akron, N.Y.
- B.S. in Agriculture, Kansas State University, 1984
- M.A. in Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University, 1988
- Diving Coach, Manhattan High School, 1982-84
- Diving Head Coach, Idaho, 1984-85
- Diving Head Coach, Northern Michigan, 1985-88
- Diving Head Coach, Purdue, 1988-89
- Diving Head Coach, Arkansas, 1989-2000
- Diving Coach, Japanese National Divers, 1992
- Team Leader, World University Games, 1993
- Diving Head Coach, Arkansas, 2008-13
- Diving Coach, Hawg Diving, 2008-14
- Associate Head Coach, Ripfest Diving, 2014
- Diving Head Coach, University of Florida, 2014-Present
- 1993 SEC Diving Coach of the Year