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Bryant and Lockwood Join Swimming Staff

Katie Beth Bryant is Utah's new diving coach.

Katie Beth Bryant is Utah's new diving coach.

July 7, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY - The defending Mountain West Conference champions will begin the 2005 campaign with a couple of new faces on the coaching staff.

Utah's swimming and diving head coach Michael Litzinger has announced the hiring of Katie Beth Bryant as Utah's new head diving coach while Ron Lockwood will join the staff as the team's assistant swimming coach.

Bryant comes to the Utes with a variety of coaching and competition experience. She spent the last season coaching one of the more successful diving teams in the country at the University of Miami. A former Hurricane herself, Bryant was a six-time All-American in springboard diving and was also a five-time United States National champion. She has also represented the USA on the international stage, having competed in the World Cup Trials and in the 1996 Goodwill Games.

Bryant graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in English.

"I am pleased to welcome Katie Beth to our staff at Utah," remarked Litzinger. "Throughout her career as both an athlete and coach, she has been surrounded by the best USA Diving has to offer. Her experience on the international level, and her drive to succeed as an athlete will translate well to our diving program which is on the brink of entering the national spotlight."

Lockwood joins Utah after having been the assistant coach at Air Force and the head age group coach for the AFA Falfins. His primary responsibilities at Utah will be with the distance and middle distance disciplines.

The distance squad at AFA has flourished under Lockwood's tutelage. At last year's conference championships, he saw his swimmers place first, fourth and sixth in the men's mile and third, eighth and ninth in the women's mile. His swimmers hold conference records in the 1650 and 400 IM. Lockwood coached one of the top swimmers in the country last season in Chris Knaute. He qualified for the NCAAs in three events, finishing 31st in the 1650 and 21st in the 400 IM.

Lockwood graduated from Brigham Young in 1998 with a degree in biology.

"Coach Lockwood's commitment to the Utah program is one that will make an immediate impact on the success of our swimming teams," noted Litzinger. "Ron is a proven coach with the experience, and savvy to work with high-level athletes. I truly believe that he will take our distance and middle distance athletes to a new level. Most of all, his presence on the deck will be like that of another head coach."

 

 

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