Alabama’s swimming and diving program had a huge void when the highly-regarded Pat Greenwell announced his retirement this summer after 29 years producing outstanding performers for the Crimson Tide men’s and women’s teams. This week Coach Dennis Pursley announced Greenwell’s replacement.
Chuck Wade, an outstanding diver who has been in the coaching profession at the college, prep, and club coach, is the latest addition to the Alabama staff. He comes to The Capstone after after coaching at Pine Crest Preparatory School and serving as a volunteer coach at Florida State.
Pursley said, “During his athletic career, Chuck Wade was a multiple time All American, national champion and USA national team member who was coached by two of the most iconic coaches in the history of the sport. He certainly knows what the pursuit of excellence is all about.”
Wade said, "I have always been amazed at the quality of excellence that Alabama demands. My goals are to be the best coach and person that I can possibly be. I have very high standards and expectations so it is a no brainer that I chose to coach at a place that has the same mindset. I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of the Alabama swimming and diving family.”
Amy Cozal, a 2016 United States Olympian who Wade worked with during the summer of 2014, said, “I have the upmost respect for Chuck Wade. He is a hard-working coach who goes the extra mile for his athletes.”
An 11-year member of the United States National Team, Wade was an All-America, four-time ACC champion and a two-time ACC Diver of Year at Clemson. He graduated from the University of Houston. Wade also won multiple U.S. national titles during his prolific diving career.
Internationally, he was the Swedish Cup platform champion and competed as part of Team USA at the Pan American Games as well as several World Cup events and the World Aquatic Championships. He also served as an athlete representative to United States Diving.
During his coaching career, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan as well as an eight-year stint as League City (Texas) Diving Institute’s head coach before moving to Florida in 2014.
“As a professional coach, Chuck has earned the highest degree of respect from many of the top coaches and athletes in the sport of diving,” Pursley said. “He is recognized for his technical knowledge and his unconditional commitment to his divers. He will play an integral role in our ongoing mission of establishing a culture of excellence that will enable our athletes to achieve their full potential in the pool, in the classroom and in life.”