For Immediate Release: October 1, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian
Phone: 607-777-6478

Tutunnikova hired as Binghamton's diving coach

VESTAL, 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.


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--Anna Tutunnikova hired as diving coach.



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