Wenbo Chen is the founder and Executive Director of
Minnesota Diving Academy. He joined the coaching staff of
University of Minnesota as Head Men’s and Women’s Diving
Coach in 2010. His arrival at the U of M marked a whole new
era of excellence in Golden Gopher diving.
In 2012, Wenbo and U of M senior diver, Kelci Bryant, Kelsi competed in the 3m synchronized diving event, where she and partner Abby
represented the United States in the London Olympic Games.
Johnston won a Silver Medal, with Wenbo as the duo’s coach. This spring, after
winning both 1m and 3m in the Big 10 Championships, Junior Maggie Keefer
finished her season taking 2nd place on 1m and 6th place on 3m in the 2013 NCAA
Division I National Championships. Also during his tenure at the U of M, Wenbo
has been recognized by his peers as NCAA Division I Diving Coach of the Year
and already two times as the Big 10 Diving Coach of the Year.
Before coming to Minnesota, Wenbo served, from 2000 to 2009, as the USA Diving
Head Coach and the Associate Director of USA Diving's National Training Center
in Indianapolis, IN. During his time with USA Diving, Wenbo guided 15 senior
national champions, 12 junior national champions and two world cup medalists,
in addition to three Olympians. In 2007, Wenbo served as USA coach at the World
Championships and Pan American Games, as well as in several other international
Wenbo’s divers claimed four of the seven U.S. medals won at the 2007 Pan
American Games, highlighted by silver medals from Ishimatsu on 10-meter
platform and the duo of Bryant and Rittenhouse in 3-meter synchronized diving.
He also represented the USA as coach at the 2006 World Cup and the 2008 FINA
World Cup in Beijing, China. Before coaching for USA Diving’s National Training
Center, Wenbo spent four years as the head men’s and women’s diving coach at
Purdue University and 5 years before that at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie, GA.
Because of his demanding national and international coaching duties, Wenbo
has only limited day-to-day coaching responsibilities with MDA. He is, however,
actively involved in overseeing and supporting coaching performance and
training. This summer, he hopes to provide lectures and coaching involvement
to MDA divers on a limited, but regular basis.