Baylor diving coach Lane Winchester joined the Swimming and Diving program in the fall with the unique experiences of a 20-year diving career, 15 years of coaching experience, and 17 years of professional experience in human resources and leadership, most recently as the talent development manager with Signal Energy, LLC.
She is now in the process of building Baylor's diving team in the Upper School and Middle School, as well as the Baylor Diving Club. "Boys and girls ages seven and older are welcome to join the Baylor Diving Club and do not need to be enrolled at Baylor as students or have prior diving experience," says Winchester. Practices take place in the Baylor Aquatics Center.
“Not everyone is going to be an Olympian, and that is not my goal," she adds. "I want each diver to be the best version of themselves. All of Baylor’s athletics provide the opportunity to instill accountability, discipline, self-awareness, and teamwork. Diving is unique in the way students learn self-compassion and how to manage fear productively. You step up to the edge of the diving board and the fear is there, divers learn to jump anyway.”
Winchester began her diving career at the historic Moss Farms Diving program in Moultrie, Ga., where she earned a Georgia High School State Championship Title for Colquitt County High School. She has competed on multiple Junior Olympic National Teams, won a bronze medal at the 1999 Jr. World Championships, was a multi-time member of the U.S. Senior National Team, and a 3-meter springboard synchronized diving national champion with her synchronized partner, Lauryn McCauley Nyday.
She attended the University of Alabama where she was a member of the university’s swimming and diving team, was a three-time team captain, competed at the NCAA championships all four years, and earned multiple SEC titles and one NCAA title. Her coaching career began early as the developmental and summer camp coach for the Moss Farms program, and she continued coaching the club team at the University of Alabama and was the club coach at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center for the Atlanta Diving Association in Atlanta. She helped several divers to state and national success with a few joining Division 1 programs. During this time, she also served as a U.S. National Team Selection Judge for USA Diving.
“I do not want everyone to think diving is only scary – it’s a lot of fun to be a part of the team, to challenge ourselves. Diving helped me build self-confidence, courage and relationships that shaped my entire life. All of these are huge life skills that I feel privileged to be a part of a team and environment that helps prepare students.”
For more information, please visit The Baylor Diving Club website.