Pratt Announces Goe as New Mexico State Diving Coach

LAS CRUCES, N.M. –NM State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt announced the recent addition of Andrew Goe to his staff. Goe, who has spent the past two seasons at Brown, will coach the diving team at NM State.

“We are thrilled and excited to add Andrew Goe to our staff as our new diving coach,” said Pratt. “Coach Goe’s experience and passion for coaching will add much to our student-athletes and program. Andy’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious and he is a lot of fun in general to work with. He is a real team player, and someone who is a great mentor and values the process of coaching. I’m really excited for our diving squad this season, we have the strongest group in program history and it will be exciting to watch coach Goe take things to the next level.”

“I am so excited to be working here at New Mexico State University,” said Goe. “Rick and Rachel have established a great culture and a highly competitive swimming and diving program. The divers have a great work ethic and come in with some very good lists, and the entire swim team has been very welcoming during this entire transition process. Plus, it’s just a bonus being able to coach outdoors with the beautiful New Mexico scenery. I couldn’t have asked for a better environment as a coach. I want to thank the administration and Rick for giving me this opportunity to work at this great school with this great team.”

At Brown, Goe oversaw all facets of the diving program, which included recruiting and development, practice and video analysis and various administrative responsibilities. While under Goe’s tutelage, both the men’s and women’s dive teams had their biggest point total in five years at the Ivy Championship meet. In 2014, Goe led four divers to qualify for the Zone A meet.

Goe spent the 2012-13 season at Western Kentucky where he coached a men’s diver to the finals in all three events at the Conference-USA championship. He guided a women’s diver to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Sun Belt conference championship and a school record in the women’s 3-meter event. Additionally, two of Goe’s divers qualified for the Zone C meet.

Prior to WKU, Goe spent the 2010-12 seasons as the diving coach at Florida Gulf Coast, where he earned back-to-back CCSA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year honors. At the CCSA Championships, junior diver Meagan Butler won the 1-meter and 3-meter events, broke the CCSA 1-meter record (272.9) and CCSA 3-meter record (302), set the FGCU 3-meter school record and earned CCSA Diver of the Meet recognition. Additionally, all four FGCU divers finished in the top eight in the 3-meter preliminaries. To end the season, three divers qualified to compete at Auburn at the Zone B Diving Championship.

Before FGCU, Goe coached the men’s and women’s diving teams at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. from 2008-10. During his time at Canisius, Goe coached a men’s diver who set the school’s 3-meter and another diver who finished in the top eight in the 1-meter event at the Eastern College Athletic Conference meet. Additionally, 11 dive records were set in 2009 under Goe’s guidance.

For the past four summers, Goe has spent time coaching and counseling at the Indiana Diving Academy/Ripfest. In the summer of 2010, Goe served as a diving official for the Empire State Games.

Goe is a 1997 graduate from Ball State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Goe then earned a master’s in education from Indiana Wesleyan in 2004.

The NM State swimming and diving team will host the Crimson and White meet on Oct. 7 at 3:45 p.m. at the NMSU Swimming and Diving Complex. Admission is free.

The Aggie divers are led by senior Lauren Reifel who is one of the top divers returning in the WAC, sophomore Abbie Broome who scored on all three boards, and sophomore Sheridan Decker. The Aggies also have three new divers in freshmen Mackinna Hauf, Katie Nissle and Raina Bromer.

Swimming news courtesy of New Mexico State Swimming & Diving.

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