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Posted on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 : 2:37 p.m.

Kongzheng "KZ" Li named new head diving coach at Michigan

By Staff

Kongzheng "KZ" Li is the new head diving coach for both the men's and women's swim programs at the University of Michigan.

"I am very excited to be at the University of Michigan," Li said in a statement released by the university on Sunday. "There is great tradition here and I think this will be a very good challenge for me. We have been dominant before, and our goal is to get back to that level."

Li has served as a head coach or coach for the USA Diving National Team on more than 20 occasions, including his instruction of divers at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He was co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio, for the last two years. Previously, he led the National Training Centre of Diving in Melbourne, Australia.

From 1996-2003, Li was head diving coach at Minnesota, where he produced eight NCAA All-Americans, six Big Ten champions and 45 Big Ten Championships finalists. Li is a two-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, winning the honor in 2001 (men) and 1998 (women).

As a competitor, Li was a three-time member of the Chinese Olympic team and won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. From 1975-88, Li participated in more than 50 international competitions, winning 25 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. Li graduated from the Beijing Institute of Physical Education.

See the university's complete release here.