No. 25 Carolina Men Post Victory over Tigers
One of the most influential and top diving coaches in the U.S., Todd Sherritt enters his 11th season as the Head Coach of South Carolina men's and women's diving programs.
A diligent worker, teacher and trainer, it has been over a decade of excellence in men's and women's diving since Sherritt joined USC. Sherritt has helped South Carolina become one of the top diving programs in the nation. The 2003 season was one of the most successful in recent years for Sherritt as newcomer Andy Bradley finished his first year at USC as the national runner-up in the one-meter board at the NCAA Championships as well as runner-up at the U.S. Championships. Bradley also garnered All-American honors on both boards. Lauren King earned All-American on the women's side and Tracey Richardson was SEC champion on the three-meter board and a honorable mention All-American. In addition, four USC divers competed for their country including Bradley and Allison Brennan for Team USA, Richardson for England and Dean Emmerton for South Africa. Bradley and Brennan competed at the 2003 World University Games in Korea and Richardson and Emmerton competed this summer at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona.
The 2001-02 season saw five divers qualify for the NCAA Zones competition and four advance to the NCAA Championships. Brandon Hulko and Holly Hodges each earned honorable mention All-American honors placing in the Top 16 in the nation, with Hodges finishing ninth on the one-meter. Sherritt's group was also among the best in the nation and SEC in 2002 with Holly Hodges and Brandon Hulko each earning medals at the SEC Championships and named honorabl mention All-Americans.
In March of 2000, Sherritt travelled to Rodstock, Germany where he served as the Head Coach for Team USA in the FINA World Grand Prix meet. During the 2000 season, Chad Sheldon and Hulko blossomed under Sherritt's direction. Sheldon broke a 16-year old school record in the very first meet of the season. He and Hulko both finaled in the SEC Championships. Hulko continued his steady progress from his outstanding freshman season, which saw him earn Honorable Mention All-America honors, and finished the season by placing sixth at USD Indoor Nationals. Senior Cheryl Lemon was named USC's Female Student Athlete of the Year for her academic accomplishments.
In 1999, Sherritt was a world traveler, as he was selected as the World Cup coach for the United States, which was held in Wellington, New Zealand. Sherritt was a World University coach for the United States held in Mallarca, Spain in July. Continuing his travels around the world, in early August, Sherritt went to Pardubice, Czech Republic, where he was the diving coach for the United States in the FINA World Age Group Championships. Michelle Davison placed seventh at the World University Games in Mallarco, Spain on both the one and three meter boards.
Davison won two SEC titles and SEC Diver of the Year honors in 1999, and he coached two All-Americans. Davison won both the one and three meter boards at the SEC Championships and finished fourth on the one meter board and fifth on the three meter at the NCAA Championships.
The Gamecock men's and women's diving team went undefeated in dual meet competition in 1998-99. Sherritt earned the 1999 SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year award.
In 1997-98, Davison placed 11th at the World Championships in Perth, Australia. She also was named an NCAA All-American in the one-meter and the three-meter. She was an NCAA Honorable Mention All-America in the platform event. She also broke the Carolina Natatorium record with a score of 362.30 in the three meter competition. In the summer of 1998, Davison was the three-meter U.S. Diving Senior Outdoor National Champion and received the 1998 Phillips Performance Award recognizing her as the best diver of the meet. She also was the recipient of the Best All-Around Award at the U.S. Diving Senior Nationals Award for two years in a row. Davison then went on to finish 12th at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In 1995, Sherritt's protege, Vivian Alberty, won the one meter board at the SEC Championships and was later named All-American at the NCAA Championships. In 1994, Alberty finished eighth at the world Championship in Rome. Alberty finished her career at USC as a four-time All-American. In 1996 Sherritt coached Vivian Alberty to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics as Alberty competed for Puerto Rico. In 1982, Sherritt founded the South Carolina Divers, a University of South Carolina based age group diving team.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sherritt's previous coaching experience includes serving as the head diving coach at Princeton (Ohio) High School (1978-82), where he won four consecutive conference championships. As senior at Sycamore High in 1977-78, Sherritt served as the girl's diving coach.
Sherritt, 44, received a degree in Physical Education from the University of Cincinnati in 1982, where he competed on scholarship as a diver and was a Dean's List student.
Sherritt and his wife, Shelly, have a daughter Amber, 13.