Mark Butcher
Mark  Butcher

Position:
Diving Coach


10/25/2014

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Freshman Cari Reiswig continues to rewrite the diving record book.

Phone: (408) 924-1717
Email: mark.butcher@sjsu.edu

Mark Butcher was appointed San Jose State University's diving coach in July 2010.

As the Spartans diving coach, Butcher is known for nurturing promising divers to record-setting heights, conference in-season and championship meet awards and NCAA Zone Championship qualifying standards. Three divers, recent graduates Amy Kilby and Jessica Holden and sophomore Cari Reiswig, represented San Jose State at NCAA Zone E Championships since he took over as the Spartans' diving coach.

Reiswig finished fourth in the 1-meter and fifth in the 3-meter competitions at the 2015 Mountain West Championships prior to the NCAA Zone Championships. The conference's two-time Diver of the Week is part of one of the strongest diving contingents at San Jose State in years. Two more sophomores, Kylie Fonseca and Marissa O'Quinn, have scores in the 1 and 3-meter events that rank in the top-10 all-time at San Jose State. O'Quinn also qualified for the 2015 NCAA Zone E Championships.

Butcher came to San Jose State in July 2010 from the Santa Clara (Calif.) Diving Club based out of the George Haines International Swim Center where he was the head coach and program director. During his tenure, he revamped the program from top to bottom and instituted a new teaching program ranging from the recreational diver to national-caliber athletes.

The past president (2009 and 2010) of the Northern California Diving Association founded Dive Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 2005. He was the head coach and program director. Butcher directed the club to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Spring West National Championships and eventually coached numerous Junior Nationals qualifiers and finalists, and one Senior Nationals finalist. While coaching at Dive Oklahoma, he also was a successful diving coach at Westmoore and Putnam City North High Schools in Oklahoma City producing three All-Americans and three state champions.

His career as a diving coach began in 2001 when he was on the ground floor of USA Diving's National Training Center's satellite program. Butcher coached two summers doing belt spotting for the National Training Center under U.S. Olympics team coach John Wingfield. During his tenure as a satellite head coach, Butcher coached multiple athletes to USA Diving Junior National Championship qualifying marks.

A former college baseball pitcher, Butcher is a graduate 2000 graduate of Purdue University Calumet.