Pei Lin Named Head Diving Coach
BERKELEY – Pei Lin, a three-time NCAA runner-up and a Chinese national champion, has been named head diving coach at California, men's and women's swimming & diving head coaches David Durden and Teri McKeever announced Thursday.
"I'm honored and grateful to have this opportunity to be part of the Cal men's and women's swimming & diving teams," Lin said. "I am thrilled to be able to work with and learn from the coaches and student-athletes. As a coach, my goal is to help student-athletes build strong character and inspire them to always dream big, to go far and to achieve excellence."
Lin most recently served as head diving coach at the University of South Dakota for the 2021-22 season, which followed two years as a graduate assistant diving coach at Ohio State. She has also spent time working as an assistant coach with the California Diving Academy in nearby San Ramon and with the Guangdong Diving Team in Guangzhou, China.
Lin competed collegiately at Miami (Ohio) from 2015-18, where she was a four-time MAC Diver of the Year. She captured seven MAC championships – four on the 3-meter springboard and three on the 1-meter board – and won six NCAA zone titles. At the NCAA Championships, she placed second on 3-meter three years in a row, took third on 1-meter as a sophomore in 2016 and totaled seven top-10 finishes.
Lin, who set Miami records on both boards, scored a MAC meet record 338.90 points on 1-meter in 2016, while she set the MAC record on 3-meter with a score of 409.70 at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
"Pei brings a passion for diving and the coaching profession," McKeever said. "She had a stellar career as a student-athlete with international experience and training. I believe she is the perfect person to build our diving program."
"Pei's high standard of performance will fit seamlessly into our tradition of success at Cal and I'm thrilled to have her leading the development of our diving program," Durden said. "She has a bright future ahead following an impressive diving career and early successes as a coach. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes look forward to welcoming her to Bear Territory."
Lin began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2019. In two years with the Buckeyes, she coached three Big Ten champions with six divers qualifying for the NCAA Championships. During her one season at South Dakota, she coached Stella Fairbanks to a Summit League title on 1-meter. Lin also served as an assistant coach at the California Diving Academy, managing a team of 40 divers, from 2018-19, and was a volunteer coach in Guangzhou, China from 2015-17.
Lin grew up in Shantou City of Guangdong Province in China. She began diving at age 13.
Lin earned her bachelor's degree in public health from Miami in 2018 and a master of sport coaching from Ohio State in 2021.