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KongRong Li
Position: Diving Coach
Experience: Redshirt
KongRong Li
Diving Coach
Phone: 513-529-8156
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Entering his fifth season as the head diving coach at Miami is KongRong Li. Li brings 32 years of collegiate, national and international coaching experience to Miami after spending the previous six seasons as the co-head diving coach at the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus. "We are very fortunate to have someone of Li's ability," head swimming coach Dave Jennings said. "Having coached Olympians and some of the best divers in the country, Li is a great addition to our program." In 2008-09, Li received his first MAC Diving Coach of the Year award for his work with the men's team. In 2010, he repeated as Men's MAC Diving Coach of the Year. Also in 2009-10, under Li's guidance three women's divers qualified for finals at the MAC Championship. Senior Kelsey Anagnos led the team with a second-place finish on the three-meter board and a sixth-place finish on the one-meter. Before joining Miami, Li served as the co-head coach of the U.S. Diving Elite Academy for six seasons, helping more than 20 divers move on to the collegiate ranks. Li coached numerous athletes who went on to dive at Division I institutions in the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. From 2002-07, Li mentored eight high school state champions, including the 2006 men's state champions in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Li also guided the junior team to five straight top-three finishes (2002-06) and helped the national team to three consecutive top-three showings, including a first-place finish in 2006 at the USA Diving National Championships. Prior to working at U.S. Diving Elite, Li spent seven years (1995-2001) at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), which is Australia's elite diving program. While at AIS, Li earned a Level 3 accreditation from the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) and worked with 2004 Olympic gold medalist Chantelle Newbery, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Matthew Helm and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Robert Newbery. At AIS, Li helped helped lift Australia to No. 2 in the world standings after the 2004 Olympic Games. In addition, Li worked with Diving Australia to conduct a Talent Identification Program and participated in Australia's national camps. KONGRONG LI COACHING CREDENTIALS: Co-Head Diving Coach - U.S. Elite Diving Academy (2001-2007) Diving Coach - Australian Institute of Sport Elite Diving Program (1995-2001) Diving Coach - Various Teams and Athletes in China (1980-1995)