Hongping Li Honored By Pac-10, Tabbed By USA Diving
April 9, 2009
USC 10th-year head coach Hongping Li was doubly honored this week, first being named the U.S. Head Diving Coach for the international Canada Cup scheduled for later this month and then being tabbed as the 2009 Pac-10 Conference Men's Diving Head Coach of the Year.
Additionally, USC freshman diver Harrison Jones was also honored as the 2009Pacific-10 Conference Men's Diver and Newcomer of the Year.
Jones, who will compete on 10-meter platform at the Canada Cup along with freshman teammate Victoria Ishimatsu (3-meter), capped off a stellar freshman season by becoming USC's first diver in 10 years to earn multiple All-American honors in the same season. The Spring, Texas, native finished fourth on the 1-meter and sixth on the platform at the NCAA Championships, held in College Station, Texas, to earn the honors. At the Pac-10 Championships, Jones captured the platform crown with 417.60 points, outscoring the second- place finisher by 54.10 points. It was USC's first Pac-10 men's diving title since 2006. He also placed second on both the 1-meter and 3- meter springboards at the Conference championships.
Li, in his 10th season at the helm of the USC diving program, earns his first Pac-10 Men's Diving Coach of the Year honor and his seventh Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolade overall. The Beijing, China native, has had eight divers earn All-America honors during his tenure with the Trojans, including Jones this season. He has twice been named the NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year (2002 and 2006). His eight men's and women's divers have combined to earn 29 All-America accolades and five NCAA titles.