After a successful 20-year run as the head diving coach at UC Berkeley, Phil Tonne brought his expertise up Interstate 80 to the Aggie program. The 2014-15 season is his 11th at the team's diving coach.
Tonne's ever-growing stable of divers has made substantial contributions to the Aggies' team success at the Big West Conference, culminating with Jennifer Meyer's 1-meter title and Jason Andrade's 3-meter championship at the 2010 edition of the conference meet - both program firsts.
Under Tonne's guidance, UC Davis diving has steadily improved as the program has moved through the ranks of Division I. The women's squad scored 139 points at the 2007 league meet, led by Kristyn Chaldekas' second-place finishes on both boards, while Jamie Flynn was the 3-meter runner up in 2008.
Tonne's student-athletes have also left their marks on the UC Davis records as every Aggie diving record has been set by Tonne's students on both the men's and women's side.
In 20 years with the Golden Bears, Tonne's finest hour came in 1991, when he guided Melissa Graviss to a seventh-place finish on the 3-meter board. She was Cal's first-ever women's diver to qualify for the NCAA Championship. Graviss qualified for the national meet on both springboards in 1992 as well.
In 2004, Tonne protegé Louie Gagnet reached the national meet on the tower and both springboards. In his career, Tonne has coached two Pac-10 men's finalist and one conference champion on the women's side. Additionally, every Golden Bear diving record was set during his tenure.
In addition to his collegiate guidance, Tonne also served as head coach for the Diablo Divers in Walnut Creek, Calif. During that time, he oversaw the careers of 23 North Coast Section champions, one age-group national champion, 11 Junior Olympic participants and six senior national competitors. Also under Tonne's guidance: his Aggie predecessor Karla Helder, who has captured numerous national and world master's national titles in recent years.
Tonne was a two-time JC All-American diver at Chabot College before continuing his career at San Diego State. He was twice named MVP for the Aztecs. Tonne graduated from SDSU in 1979 with a degree in physical education.