USC's Jones and Li Garner 2009 Pac-10 Men's Diving Honors
April 9, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC's Harrison Jones has been named the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Diver and Newcomer of the Year and USC head diving coach Hongping Li has been named Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Jones 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.
The awards are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.