Two-time Olympian, three-time ACC Coach of the Year takes over rising Wolf Pack program
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
Li You collected the seventh conference diving coach of the year award in her tenure in Nevada; three with the WAC (2001, 2004, 2012) and four in the Mountain West (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Li You has coached a conference diver of the year in five straight seasons while being named diving coach of the year in four straight seasons in the MW.
The 2016 campaign was highlighted by Li You’s work with sophomore diver Sharae Zheng, as she was named the Diver of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). As a result of her coaching efforts, the CSCAA awarded Li You Diving Coach of the Year honors.
Along with her work with Zheng, 2016 also comprised of Li You coaching senior diver Krysta Palmer to a Mountain West Diver of the Year honor for the second year in a row. She also helped Palmer to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials, where she advanced to the final two rounds.
By the end of the 2015 season, Li You helped lead Palmer to an undefeated regular season before sweeping all three diving titles in the conference meet. Palmer then earned All-American honorable mention honors after placing 10th at the 3-meter dive at the 2015 NCAA Championships. After coaching Palmer to one of the top individual seasons in Pack diving history, Li You was named MW Diving Coach of the Year for the third straight season.
In the 2014 season, Li You coached senior Grace Huang to MW Diver of the Year as Huang earned her second conference diver of the year award. Huang won the 1-meter and platform events and placed runner-up in 3-meter en route to earning the conference’s diver of the year accolade. Additionally, junior Krysta Palmer placed third in the 1-meter and 3-meter events as Nevada secured more diving points than any other team. Under Li You’s guidance, Huang, Palmer and Stephanie Hansen earned all-conference accolades.
Nevada sent four divers to the NCAA Zone E Diving Regional. Huang advanced and went on to earn honorable mention All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., placing 16th in 3-meter, 17th in platform and 21st in 1-meter.
Li You coached junior Stephanie Hansen to Mountain West Diver of the Year honors in the 2013 season. Hansen won the 1-meter and platform events while placing second in the 3-meter to secure her title as best diver in the MW. Additionally, Hansen and Huang were named to the MW All-Conference team.
In 2012, Li You was named WAC Diving Coach of the Year for the third time after putting together the most formidable lineup in the conference. Sophomore Grace Huang was named WAC Diver of the Year after winning all three diving events. Additionally, Stephanie Hansen placed runner-up on platform. Huang, Hansen and Melyssa Chariton advanced to the Zone E Diving Regionals.
The Wolf Pack and Li You had two divers advance to regionals in 2011 while Pack divers claimed three of the top five spots in platform at the WAC Championships.
Li 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; Christie Bulmer in 2001, Kate Oiness in 2002 and Huang in 2012. 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. In 2008, Li You helped 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.
During her tenure, Li You 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.
Li 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 Li You was named to the 1980 Olympic team. During that span, she was ranked No. 1 in the world on the one-meter board.
Li You and her husband David Lawrence have one child, Raymond.