Highly successful diving guru Taylor Roberts has secured a new role as the head girls diving coach at Regis Jesuit for the 2015-16 season.
Roberts, a Smoky Hill High School graduate and former Class 5A state diving champion who went on to star at the University of Indiana, has guided the Raiders’ boys program for five seasons and helped coach 2015 graduate Kyle Goodwin — who is now at the University of Missouri — to an unprecedented four straight 5A state championships on the board.
Now, Roberts assumes the duties of coaching the Regis Jesuit girls, who expect to return a multiple-time state champion themselves in senior McKensi Austin, winner of the last two 5A state diving crowns.
Kim Hagger had coached the Regis Jesuit girls — and was picked as 5A’s Girls Diving Coach of the Year last season — but was unable to return, so the school reached out to Roberts about taking over and he managed to make it work.
“I had strong doubts it would work with my schedule, but things have fallen into place to allow me to commit to my sixth season with this amazing program,” Roberts said over social media. “Pretty darn excited to get back to work in the bubble! Go Raiders!”
Though it has been a few years, Roberts has coached girls diving before at his alma mater Smoky Hill as well as Hinkley.
The Regis Jesuit girls team graduated a four-time state diving placer in Kellyn Toole, but expect to return Austin — a NISCA 1-meter diving All-American in 2014-15 — as well as sophomore Anne Marie Kenny, who made state and placed 11th as a freshman.
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