Fort Lauderdale Diving Coach Dies in Boat Accident
A Florida diving coach died in a boating accident on the morning of Thursday, April 24 and was ejected from his boat after it collided with another vessel in southwest Florida. The 61-year-old was on an annual fishing trip when the two vessels turned in the same direction off the coast of Bokeelia, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico on Pine Island. There were no other fatalities during the collision. According to the report, two individuals were on one boat and four people were on the second vessel, but only minor injuries were reported.
Donnie Craine is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mindy and their three children, Keith (31), Christopher (30), and Stephanie (26). He is known as a diving coach for the last 25 years at the University of Florida, but had a career of coaching for over 30 years at a number of universities. He coached both the men and women’s diving athletes and was awarded the SEC Diving Coach of the Year four separate times. In 1991, Craine coached the U.S. diving team for the Pan American Games in Havana, as well as the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, he began coaching professionally at UF in 1976 before leaving to work at the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University, where he was awarded SEC Men’s Diving Coach of the Year in 1988. He went on to be awarded as the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year in 1985 at Arkansas. Shortly after, Craine returned to to Gainesville to continue his coaching career.
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