DURHAM, N.H.- University of New Hampshire swimming & diving head coach Josh Willman has announced the hiring of Tory McKenna as diving coach. Last season, McKenna was the graduate assistant coach while she completed her final year of eligibility for the Wildcats. At the 2009 America East Championships, she placed third in the 1-meter dive.
“We are extremely excited to bring Tory on board to head up our diving program,” coach Willman said. “Tory has a lot of new ideas and changes that she is planning to implement to further integrate the divers into the swimming program overall and strengthen their contribution to the entire team’s efforts,” Willman added. “We think that she will be just the person our staff needs to raise the level of the UNH divers.”
A graduate of Syracuse University, Summa Cum Laude, McKenna double majored to receive a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. While competing for Syracuse, McKenna was a Big East finalist on 3-meter and a Zone A Qualifier from 2005-2007. She set the Syracuse 1-meter record and the Villanova pool record in 2005.
In high school, she was a two-time All-American and an East National Championship qualifier.
McKenna began her coaching career at the Westford Swim and Tennis Club in 2001 and has worked with the New Hampshire based USA Diving Club and the Charles River Diving North and both Dover and Portsmouth High Schools where two of her divers won state titles in Division I and II in 2009.
Tory is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in communication sciences and disorders here at UNH, where she is conducting research for acquired brain injury patients. At Syracuse she was on the dean’s List all eight semesters and during her first year with the UNH team, she was awarded the Coaches Award for her dedication, maturity and leadership qualities.