Doug Shaffer

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Doug Shaffer
Sport(s) Swimming & Diving
Current position
Title Diving head coach
Team LSU
Conference Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Biographical details
Born July 8, 1963
Baltimore, Maryland
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989 UCLA
1989–1996 Minnesota
1997–2001 High Performance Center (England)
2002–2009 LSU (Asst.)
2010–Present LSU (Dive HC)
Accomplishments and honors
1 SEC Diver of the Year, 2 SEC Champions
NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1993), SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year (2008)

Doug Shaffer (born July 8, 1963) is an American college diving coach. He is the current co-head coach of the LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers swimming and diving teams of Louisiana State University with responsibilities for the dive team. Dave Geyer is head coach of the swimming team.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Shaffer has been the co-head coach of the LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers swimming and diving teams since 2010 when he was promoted from dive team coach (2002-2009) to co-head coach. Under his tutelage, Shaffer has produced 13 NCAA All-Americans, two Southeastern Conference champions and an SEC Diver of the Year.[2]

Prior to LSU, Shaffer was head coach at UCLA from 1988-89 where he coached three Pac-10 champions and four All-Americans during his tenure at UCLA. From 1989-1996, Shaffer was head coach at the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, he was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year three times - twice on the women's side and once for the men's team. Shaffer coached 11 Big Ten champions, 29 All-Americans and two NCAA champions while at Minnesota. He was named NCAA Diving Coach of the Year in 1993.[1]

He has coached the United States in numerous international competitions since 1989, including the U.S. National Diving teams in China, Sweden, Spain and the United States. Shaffer served as the assistant competition manager during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was the head diving coach at the High Performance Center in Sheffield, England. There, he coached five Olympians on the Lottery Funded World Class Performance Program.[1]


Shaffer graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986. He was an 11-time U.S. National champion, the 1986 NCAA Diver of the Year and the NCAA one-meter and three-meter champion in 1986 for coach Ron Ballatore's UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team. Shaffer was a silver medalist in the three-meter at the 1987 Pan American Games and won a gold medal at the 1987 USA-USSR dual meet in the three-meter competition. An Olympic Trials finalist in 1984 and 1988, he retired from competition in 1988 and moved into the coaching ranks.[1][3]

See also[edit]

LSU Tigers
Minnesota Golden Gophers
UCLA Bruins


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