Leslie Hasselbach Adams brings a contagious energy to the pool deck and has a reputation for developing strong relationships with her student-athletes, acting as a mentor in and out of the pool.
Hasselbach Adams has led Clemson women's diving for thirteen seasons and was hired as the head coach of the new program dedicated solely to her sport prior to the 2012-13 season. She boasted a squad of twelve ladies, which consisted of six returners and six new members that comprised the university's first women's diving team in history. Freshman Megan Helwagen and junior Emily Howard both finished inside the top 20 in the platform at NCAA Zones. The team's lone senior, Elizabeth Tatum, placed tenth in the three-meter at the ACC Championships. The Tigers also excelled in the classroom, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 3.34 team grade-point average.
In 2011-12, five different women's diving competitors qualified for NCAA Zones under Hasselbach Adams' watch. The list included senior Brooke George, who qualified in three events (one-meter, three-meter, platform) and set a new school record in the three-meter. Freshman Chelsea Uranaka joined the top five list in school history in the three-meter, while a number of additional divers increased their respective standings on the Clemson lists. Pat Chamberlain saw his name rise to third on the school's all-time list in the three-meter.
The 2010-11 campaign was highlighted by junior Brooke George, who finished in the top ten in the ACC in both the one- and the three-meter events. George's score in the three-meter set a new school record as well. Active Tiger divers swarmed the school's all-time best lists, as the top four spots in the three-meter were held by current student-athletes at season's end (George, Cassie Self, Emily Howard, Elizabeth Tatum). In all, seven of Clemson's top ten positions in both the one- and the three-meter women's dive were filled with current divers.
In the 2009-10 season, David Giambra capped a brilliant career by setting the school record in the one-meter, giving him a pair of school records that still stand. The young divers in the Clemson program also benefited from Hasselbach Adams' tutelage, particularly freshman Elizabeth Tatum. She set a new school record in the three-meter and posted the third-best score on the team in the one-meter to begin her career as a Tiger.
During the 2008-09 season, junior David Giambra continued his success as he set school records in the platform and the one-meter and three-meter. He also had an eighth place finish in the one-meter at the ACC's. Freshmen Cassie Self and Brooke George got their Clemson careers off to a great start as they both are in Clemson's top 6 in the one and three meter events.
In the 2007-08 season, senior Academic All-ACC member Dani Kazilionis took bronze on the one-meter boards at ACCs. Several Tigers notched top-16 finishes in the various events. Juniors David Giambra and Stephanie Fura each set school records on the three-meter boards. Giambra and Kazilionis also became the first two divers in Tiger history to score in all three diving events at ACCs.
During the 2005-06 season, senior Shastin Leathers stepped up and broke her own school record on the one-meter board. Leathers qualified for the NCAA Zone "B" meet in the spring with the record-breaking score. Hasselbach Adams saw the rest of her team improve, as seven other Tiger divers had career best scores. In addition, Jessica Watcke was named to the 2006 NCAA Honorable Mention Academic All-American squad.
During her fifth season as Clemson's Diving coach, Hasselbach Adams coached her divers to six top 16 finishes, and one top eight finish. Hasselbach Adams also coached Eric Shulick to his second straight Honorable mention Academic All-American honors.
In 2003-04 Shulick won the ACC Championship on the one-meter board for the Tigers. It was the first ACC title for a diver under Hasselbach Adams, and the first for any Clemson diver since the 1996 season. Shulick and Jessica Watcke represented the Tigers at the 2004 NCAA Zone Diving Regional Championships. Both divers set school records in the one-meter board during the 2003-04 season.
During the 2002-03 season, Hasselbach Adams coached Shulick to the Tigers' first appearance in the NCAA Diving Championships since the 1988 season. He was named a 2003 CSCAA Academic All-American and was a member of the All-ACC team after finishing second in the one-meter at the 2003 ACC Championships.
Hasselbach Adams served as the head diving coach at the University of Toledo from 1998-2000. Hasselbach Adams was actually the head diving coach while finishing her undergraduate degree. She oversaw the rebuilding of the Rockets diving program, and more than tripled the squad size in her last two years. In her two-year stint at Toledo, Hasselbach Adams coached four Mid-American Conference diving finalists and two MAC All-Academic team members. She also had three divers qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
Hasselbach Adams earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with an emphasis in Social Sciences from the University of Toledo in 1999. She graduated from Clemson in May 2008 with a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration.
In addition to her academic work, Hasselbach Adams is U.S. Diving Safety Certified and is a member of the U.S. Diving Association. She is also CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. Hasselbach Adams serves on the NCAA Diving subcommittee representing Zone B. Recently, Hasselbach Adams has been named to serve on the NCAA Swimming and Diving rules committee as a diving representative. She is also a representative for the Clemson University Athletics Department on the Staff Senate Committee. In addition, Hasselbach Adams is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
Recently, Hasselbach Adams was married to John Adams and they reside in Seneca, SC.