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Florida Athletics | April 24, 2014

Florida diving coach Craine, 61, dies in boating accident

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida head men’s and women’s diving coach Donnie Craine, 61, passed away on Thursday in a boating accident off the coast of Bokeelia.

“Our thoughts are with Mindy, their family and all who had a chance to know and be coached by him,” Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. “This is such sad news about Donnie Craine. Donnie loved being a Gator and spent his career here coaching our men’s and women’s diving athletes. He will be missed.”

“You’ll never meet a nicer guy than Donnie Craine,” head coach Gregg Troy said. “He was caring for not just the athletes he worked with, but for everyone he came in touch with. He was a tremendous family man. This is a great loss to everyone.”

Thirty of Craine’s 37-year coaching career was spent with the Gators. He started his Gator coaching career in 1976 after graduating from Michigan. Craine left after five years and then coached at Schroeder YMCA in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Louisiana State before returning to Florida in 1989.

A four-time Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year at Florida, Craine coached five NCAA champions, including Florida’s first -- Chris Snode in 1978 (3-meter springboard).

Craine is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mindy, and three children - Keith (31), Christopher (30) and Stephanie (26).
 

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