UF diving head coach dies in boating crash

Donnie Craine
Donnie Craine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The head coach of University of Florida men's and women's diving died Thursday morning in a boating accident off the coast of Bokeelia, according to Gatorzone.com.

Donnie Craine was 61.

"Our thoughts are with Mindy, their family and all who had a chance to know and be coached by him," said Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. "This is such sad news about Donnie Craine. Donnie loved being a Gator and spent his career here coaching our men's and women's diving athletes. He will be missed."

Thirty of Craine's 37-year coaching career was spent with the Gators, according to the website. He started his Gator coaching career in 1976 after graduating from the University of Michigan. Craine left after five years and then coached at Schroeder YMCA in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Louisiana State before returning to Florida in 1989.

A four-time Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year at UF, Craine coached five NCAA champions, including Florida's first -- Chris Snode in 1978 (3-meter springboard).

Craine is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mindy, and three children -- Keith (31), Christopher (30) and Stephanie (26).