Jian Li You
Four Pack divers to compete this week
Pack places third at MW Championship
Grace Huang is Diver of the Year; Jian Li You wins Coach of the Year again
Meet to start at 3:30 p.m.
Li you completed her 17th season as the Pack's head diving coach in 2012-13, guiding another Nevada diver to conference honors. Stephanie Hansen became Li You's fourth diver of the year and first in the Mountain West. Named Diving Coach of the Year for the third time in her career, she earned the top honor of any of the diving coaches in the Mountain West.
Overall, Li You brings an incredible wealth of experience and leadership to the Nevada coaching staff.
In 2011-12, she had another one of her best. She was named the WAC Diving Coach of the year for putting together the most formidable lineup in the conference. Among her pupils was standout Grace Huang, who You coached to a WAC Diver of the Year honor.
During her tenure, she has worked with both Chinese and American Olympians in multiple Olympics. She tutored the likes of Olympic Gold Medalist Fu Mingxia, Tan Luengdai, Su Suwi, Lon Wei and Americans Becky Ruehl, Mary Ellen Clark, Scott Donie and Dave Pichler. Her divers have been instrumental in the Wolf Pack winning three consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles. She immigrated to the United States in September of 1995, moving to Florida and then to Cincinnati to prepare Becky Ruehl and other U.S. National team members for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
You graduated from the Shanghai Sports University in Shanghai, China. As a diver, she was the Chinese National Champion on the one-meter, three-meter and platform for five years between 1976-1980. All that culminated when You was named to the 1980 Olympic team. During that span, You was ranked No. 1 in the world on the one-meter board.
You earned the WAC Diving Coach of the Year Award in 2001 and again in 2004. She has coached three WAC Divers of the Year, Huang this season, Christie Bulmer in 2001 and Kate Oiness the Co-WAC Diver-of-the-Year in 2002. In 2004 she coached Kristin Littell to the WAC platform title. In 2006 she helped guide Devon Owen to an appearance in the NCAA Championships where she placed in the top 35 in the 1 and 3-meter events.
Most recently, current Pack senior Candice Minette placed second in the 1-meter at the 2008 NCAA Zone E Championships which earned her a trip to the NCAA Championships where she placed in the top 40 in the 1 and 3-meter events.
Jian Li and her husband David Lawrence have one child Raymond, nine.