Immediate Release: October 1, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian
hired as Binghamton's diving coach
N.Y. - The Binghamton swimming and diving program has announced
the hiring of Anna Tutunnikova (pronounced AH-nuh Tu-tu-KNEE-co-vuh)
as its new diving coach. She will handle both the on-deck coaching
and recruiting aspects related to the diving events.
Tutunnikova arrives from Brigham Young University, where she
was the assistant diving coach the past three seasons. She also
coached the age group team for one year.
During her undergraduate career at Brigham Young, Tutunnikova
advanced to the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships. She also won
the 2001 Mountain West Conference (MWC) title in the women's
three-meter diving event. In both years that Tutunnikova was
on the team, Brigham Young won the MWC women's title. She earned
her bachelor's degree in 2003.
"We are very fortunate to have Anna on our staff,"
head coach Patrice Back said. "She has an extremely high
level of talent and coaching ability that will help our program."
Originally from Moscow, Tutunnikova was a member of the Russian
National Diving Team from 1995-99. She competed in several World
Cup meets and placed fourth at the European Cup Meet in 1998.
Before arriving at Brigham Young in 1999, she had been diving
for 12 years.
"I wanted to come to Binghamton because there are a lot
of talented students and athletes here," Tutunnikova said.
"I want to help the divers on the team improve in the America
East Conference and become one of the most recognized programs
in the country."
Tutunnikova is married to Ilia Melamud.
Binghamton University--Anna Tutunnikova hired as diving coach.