Wayne Chester begins his 17th season as the coach of Horned Frog men's and women's diving.
During his tenure at TCU, Chester has coached three conference champions, two NCAA qualifiers, and was named the Mountain West Conference Diving Coach of the Year in 2006.
The TCU diving squad made a strong impression in its first season in the Big 12 Conference. Ricky Bradley was one of the most consistent divers in the league, never falling far off his best, but still being able to make incremental improvements. He finished in the top-six on all of 1-meter, 3-meter and platform, the only Big 12 diver to do so. He also qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
Curtis Muller also had a strong sophomore campaign under Chester's watch. He made a huge impression at the Big 12 Championships with his runner-up finish on platform, which included the highest score of the contest with his 72.50 on the final dive of the meet. Sean Evans and Joseph Stegeman also earned All-Big 12 honors on platform.
Chester led TCU to another banner year on the boards in 2010-11 as Kyle Callens took home All-Mountain West honors on the 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and platform. He mentored Callens to school record dives on the 1-meter (360.98) and 3-meter (380.15).
In 2010, Chester led Callens to a third-place finish in the one-meter springboard. Callens posted a 342.75 during the event.
In 2009, R.J Hesselberg and Callens took the gold and silver medals, resepectively, in the three-meter dive at the 2009 MWC Championships. Hesselberg graduated with the school record from the three-meter springboard at 380.10.
Under Chester's direction, Kelly McCain qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006, while Hesselberg was an NCAA qualifier in 2007 and earned 2008 MWC Diver of the Year honors. Hesselberg won 12 events and set a new conference record with seven MWC Men's Diver of the Week selections, including a stretch of six consecutive weeks of winning the award.
Chester claimed the 1978 NCAA Championship on the 1-meter board for the University of Alabama. While in Tuscaloosa, Chester earned All-America status three times, was a Southeastern Conference champion and earned SEC Diver of the Year honors in 1981.
A native of Fort Worth, Chester attended Arlington Heights High School. He posted a perfect record in city and regional meets and closed a standout prep career with a Texas state championship in his senior year.
Chester lives in Fort Worth and has two children: Courtney and Emily.