Rachel Degener enters her fourth season as the Utah diving coach. Degener, named the 2004 MWC Men's Diving Coach of the Year, has brought in the best diving recruiting class in her tenure. She has helped the Utes take the first steps to becoming one of the top diving programs in the conference.
Degener has also been the diving head coach with the Salt Lake Aquatic Program, a post she has held since April of 2001. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Degener's coaching resume includes a stint as an assistant at the University of Minnesota in 2000-01. Along with assisting the Gophers, Degener formed a youth diving program in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Degener competed in diving at Minnesota from 1999-2000. There, she was a five-time Big Ten finalist in the one, three and 10-meter platform events. Before transferring to Minnesota, Degener competed at Brigham Young from 1996-98. At BYU, Degener was a U.S. Junior Olympic national qualifier in 1996, and a finalist in the one and three meter platform events at the 1998 WAC Championships.
The Utah native received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in education at the U.