ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico head coach Kunio Kono is pleased to announce Julie Weddle as the program’s new head diving coach. Weddle is taking the place of Abel Sanchez who was with the program for eight years.
Weddle comes to UNM after having spent the past decade as the head men’s and women’s diving coach at UNLV where she spent seven years working with Kono under coach Jim Reitz. Much like Kono one year ago, the move features a very small wardrobe change as she is switching from the Scarlett and Gray palette of the Rebels to Lobo Cherry and Silver.
Prior to joining the staff at New Mexico, Weddle coached numerous All-Conference divers on both the men’s and women’s side. She was also in charge of all aspects of the diving program including recruiting, travel, communication with athletes and coaches, dry land training/activities and ensuring the team followed NCAA rules and regulations.
In addition to coaching at UNLV, Weddle served as head diving instructor for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation, a position she held since 1997. In addition to instructing proper technique and safety, Weddle did all program planning for beginning, intermediate and advanced youth ages 5 to 18 and organized meets.
Prior to joing the Division I ranks, she made coaching stops with the Nevada Diving Club (199-2002) and with the Clark County School District in 2003.
Weddle is no stranger to diving as she was a four-year letterwinner with the Nevada Wolfpack from 1998-2002. During the 2001 WAC Championships she finished fifth off the 3-meter springboard. During that same season she qualified for zones where she placed 22nd and 23rd off the 1- and 3-meter boards, respectively. During the 1999-2000 season Weddle placed second off the 1-meter and third off the 3-meter board at the Big West Championships. As a freshman she placed eighth off the 1-meter board and qualified for zones as well.
Weddle graduate from Nevada in 2002 with a degree in Health Ecology.
The choice was a no-brainer for Kono who is excited to be working with Weddle once again.
“I have known Julie for nine years dating back to my time at UNLV and she is one of the most trustworthy people and coaches I know,” said Kono. “I am very excited that we can work together again and I believe she can take the UNM diving program to another level.”
With UNM, Weddle will assist with day-to-day training of the divers, as well as recruiting.
“Julie is a hard worker and she knows how to coach and recruit at the highest level.”