Tom Davidson returns for his third year of service as Cal's diving coach, after joining the Golden Bear aquatics program in the summer of 2006. Prior to Cal he was the diving coach at Illinois State.
Davidson will have an extremely young diving corps this season, including a pair of standout recruits from Australia and near by Los Gatos.
While at Illinois State Davidson guided Emily Hirt to her first ever NCAA Zone diving championship. Hirt placed in the top 40 regionally with a score of 204.05 on the three-meter board, but did not advance to the final round.
Davidson also adds club coaching experience to his resume. He guided the Redbird Diving club team (2005-06) and served as an assistant at Twin City Diving (2003-04) and at J.P. Divers (2001-04).
Davidson also worked as a head diving coach at the prep level, at North St. Paul High School in North St. Paul, Minn., (2004), Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Conn., (2002-03) and Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Conn., (2002).
Davidson was a three-time All-American at Indiana, including being a four-time Big Ten conference champion during his time in Bloomington, Ind. In 2001 he took third place on the one-meter springboard. He also won titles at the 2002 U.S. Senior National Championships, 2001 U.S. Indoor National Championships and 2001 U.S. Outdoor National Championships.
At the international level, Davidson competed in the 2001 World University Games and the 2001 Goodwill Games.
Davidson graduated from Indiana's Kelley School of Business with a bachelors degree in management and a minor in history. He is currently pursuing his masters in management from Illinois State.