July 9, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wenbo Chen, who has coached two divers from his native
China to Olympic Gold medals and two others to Olympic medals, was named
men’s and women’s Diving Coach at Florida State University by head swimming
coach Don Gibb.
“Florida State is fortunate to be able to attract a diving coach of
Wenbo’s caliber,” said Gibb. “His wealth of knowledge and experience
working with world class divers is sure to make an immediate impact on both
the conference and national scene. We look forward to continuing our
winning ways with Coach Chen and our outstanding student-athletes.”
Chen comes to FSU after serving the last three years as the head coach of
the Moss Farms Diving Club in Moultrie, GA. He served as an assistant
coach with the Chinese National Diving Team from 1985-91 where he helped
Chinese divers Ni Xiong (1996) and Ming Gao (1988 and 1992) to gold medals
on the three-meter board at the 1988 Olympics and Deliang Li to a bronze in
that event in 1988. Chen has also coached a pair of World Champions.
Chen, 36, has served as a diving coach on the club level in North America
since 1991, and was an assistant coach at the University of Illinois from
As a competitor, Chen was a member of the Chinese National Team from
1976-1982. He was a six-time Chinese national finalist on the three and
10-meter boards and was his country’s national junior champion in 1976.
Chen will assume his duties in August. The FSU men’s swimming and diving
team is coming off a 13th place finish at last March’s NCAA Championships.
It was the second consecutive top 15 finish at the national championships
for the Seminoles.