USA Olympic Diving partners with Indian River State College to build new state-of-the-art facility



FORT PIERCE, Fla .– Indian River State College is hoping to help USA Diving win gold medals for years to come.

“They want to build this state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art facility that is surprisingly technologically savvy if you will,” said Lee Michaud, CEO of USA Diving.

Michaud said USA Diving has been looking for the right educational institution to partner with for years.

“It’s an institute of higher education and being an institute of higher education, that’s exactly what we need,” Michaud said.

Fundraising for the new facility is already underway.

It is not known exactly when it will be built and opened.

“I mean stop the action,” said Michael Hagelo, vice president of strategic initiatives at CIHR. “When you see a dive happening you can stop it in real time, you can rotate it, you can look at the diver’s face and see if he is smiling or if she is smiling.”

Once opened, coaches, athletes and judges would come to the facility to further their education and skills.

Programs for students will also be developed.

“The end result down the road is that we would have an educational development center here,” Michaud said. “We would have a junior development center here. We would do training camps here.

The CIHR currently holds the record for most consecutive diving titles with 47, the most U.S. championships of any college sport.

“This marriage allows us to harness the power of both brands and create a very unique, singular brand to take swimming and diving further, further, faster,” said Hagelo.


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