Arizona State University is discontinuing its diving program, multiple sources tell SwimSwam. Additionally, a formerly committed diver posted on Instagram that the program is “indefinitely terminated,” and former coach Mark Bradshaw says current divers were told the school “will not be supporting diving this year.”
Isabelle Lombardi, who dives with Arizona State’s club team, Sun Devil Divers, will now go to the University of Hawaii instead.
Frida Kaellgren – ASU’s only 2019-20 diver slated to return next season – is currently in the transfer portal, and Bradshaw announced he was leaving after 23 seasons in Tempe in April. In an e-mail to SwimSwam at the time of his departure, Bradshaw indicated he was not retiring from coaching, just from his position at ASU.
Bradshaw was the CSCAA Diving Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2005 and was named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2013 FINA World Championships.
The school, however, told SwimSwam that the program is not being cut and that it intends to hire a new head coach “as soon as [it] can after things return to normal.” According to public records, on 2019, Bradshaw’s salary was $82,782 while head coach Bob Bowman‘s was $250,000, and associate head coach Rachel Stratton-Mills made $84,000.
While the swimming side of the Sun Devils’ swim and dive program has been making progress since Bowman took over in 2015, ASU’s only swim and dive national titles in the last 20 years came from one of Bradshaw’s divers, Finnish Olympian Joona Puhaka. The four-time NCAA champion won the NCAA title in the 1m in 2003, the 3m in 2004, and both the 1m and the 3m in 2005.
Only one diver, senior Youssef Selim (an Olympian for Egypt), competed for Arizona State across both the men’s and women’s 2020 Pac-12 Championships. He placed second on the 1-meter board, fourth on platform and eighth on the 1-meter board. In 2019, he won both the 1-meter and platform, becoming the first Pac-12 men’s diver since 2015 to take home championships in two events in a single year. Selim has one year of school left and is training for the Tokyo Olympics.
Mara Aiacoboae won the Pac-12 women’s championship in platform dive in 2017 and 2018, while only Kaellgren competed for ASU on the women’s side last season.