Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington, a successful athlete on both the collegiate and international levels, has translated that athletic excellence into a high degree of proficiency in the coaching ranks. Parrington has received countless honors on every level the diving community and is in his 28th season at UT in the 2017-18 school year.
His wealth of experience and teaching ability was displayed in the successes of his athletes with divers excelling at the conference and national levels year in, year out.
The Harare, Zimbabwe, native owns an impressive resume. The SEC coaches have voted Parrington the Men's Diving Coach of the Year nine times (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2015, 2016) and the Women's Coach of the Year four times (1997, 2003, 2012, 2013). Since arriving on The Hill, Parrington has produced seven NCAA champions and 41 SEC champions. He has coached eight USA Diving national champions.
Parrington and the UT divers have built an impressive stretch over recent.
The 2011-12 season was among Tennessee's best overall seasons in the diving well as the men swept all three diving events at the SEC Championships for the first time in program history. Ryan Helms won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles and freshman Mauricio Robles took the platform. Tori Lamp led the women all year and won her first SEC title in her signature event, the platform. Helms and Lamp were both voted the SEC Diver of the Year for the men and women.
Lamp, Helms and former SEC champion Michael Wright competed in the 2012 USA Olympic Diving Trials. Lamp also qualified for the FINA Grand Prix diving series for Team USA during the summer months.
In 2012-13, Parrington was named the CSCAA National Women's Diving Coach of the Year and SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Vols to championship-level heights at the SEC and NCAA championships. Lamp was named the National Diver of the Year after making the finals of all three diving events, placing second on the platform for the second time, and senior Jodie McGroarty made the finals in both springboard competitions to help Tennessee finish third in the team standings for the first time in program history.
The 2013-14 season marked the re-emergence of Robles to the national scene. After missing much of the 2013 spring with a head injury, Robles put together a brilliant sophomore year. He took the NCAA bronze medal on the 3-meter springboard and scored in all three events. He earned silver medals at the SEC meet on 1 meter and 3 meter and later was voted the SEC Diver of the Year. Lamp finished her career by winning her third consecutive SEC platform title, setting a meet record in 356.10.
Parrington earned SEC Men's Diving Coach of the Year honors in 2015. At the SEC meet, Robles won the 1-meter springboard title with a Tennessee record of 421.15. Liam Stone, who joined the team in January, set the meet record to win in the 3-meter title in 463.50 with Robles taking third.
In 2016, Tennessee celebrated its first NCAA men's diving champion since 2004 when Stone captured the 1-meter NCAA title (453.70 - school record). Robles ended his career as the 2016 SEC Diver of the Year, defending his 1-meter conference title and winning platform for the first time since 2012. Freshman Rachel Rubadue won the women's platform title and was the SEC Freshman Diver of the Year.
Stone earned SEC Diver of the Year honors, setting a new SEC record on the 1-meter springboard at home (468.30) and taking fourth at NCAAs on both springboards. - Bio from Tennessee Athletics