Florida diving coach Donnie Craine dies in boating accident

By Associated Press
Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Published On: Apr 25 2014 10:22:56 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2014 10:23:11 AM EDT
Donnie Craine

University of Florida diving coach Donnie Craine was killed in a boating accident Thursday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

University of Florida diving coach Donnie Craine has died in a boating accident.

The 61-year-old coach was killed Thursday while he was on an annual fishing trip in southwest Florida.

Craine was ejected from the boat after the head-on crash with another boat.

"Our thoughts are with (Craine's wife) Mindy, their family and all who had a chance to know and be coached by him," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "This is such sad news about Donnie Craine. Donnie loved being a Gator and spent his career here coaching our men's and women's diving athletes. He will be missed."

Craine spent 30 years as a diving coach at the University of Florida, where he was SEC Diving Coach of the Year four times. He also coached the U.S. diving team in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana and the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y.

He also coached briefly at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University in the 1980s.

Craine, who was from Fort Lauderdale, is survived by his wife and three children.

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