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.
Leslie Hasselbach Adams will lead the women's diving program again in 2016-17, it's fifth season as a program. Overall, the upcoming season will be her 17th coaching the diving program at Clemson.
PROGRAM ACCOLADES IN THE POOL
- Clemson finished seventh at the 2016 ACC Championships, the best finish in program history (based on scores for women’s diving events only)
- Coached junior Danielle Reitsma to a spot in the platform finals at the 2016 ACC Championships, the first Clemson diver to reach the finals in any event at the conference championship meet
- Six Tiger divers have qualified for the NCAA Zone B Championships in 2016, tied for the most in program history (with the 2013-14 team)
- Two Clemson divers reached the finals of the NCAA Zone B Championships in three events in 2015 (Sarah Braun in the one-meter and platform and Megan Helwagen in the platform), the most divers to reach the finals of the NCAA Zone meet in program history
- Danielle Reitsma finished 12th in the platform at the 2014 NCAA Zone B Championships, the highest finish for a Tiger diver at the NCAA Zone meet in program history
PROGRAM ACCOLADES IN THE CLASSROOM
- The program was recognized for its APR score, which ranked among the top 10 percent of all FBS programs nationally, in the spring of 2015
- Under her direction, Clemson’s diving program has been named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team for seven consecutive semesters
- Nine Tiger divers earned CSCAA Scholar All-America individual honors over the last three seasons (one in 2013, five in 2014 and three in 2015)
- Three Clemson divers named to the All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team over the last two seasons (one in 2014 and two in 2015)
CAREER COACHING ACCOLADES & HISTORY
- A certified judge by FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, earning her certification in September 2012
- Represented the United States as the country’s only diving judge at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea in July 2015
- Judged the USA Diving AT&T National Championships in Orlando, Fla. in August 2015 and the USA Diving World Championship Trials in Bloomington, Ind. in May 2015
- Served as a judge for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifying Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2014
- A member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA)
- A graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy in 2013
- Head Coach of the Clemson women’s diving program since its inaugural year, 2012-13; Clemson’s program is the only women’s-diving-only program in the country
- Prior to 2012-13, coached the Clemson men’s and women’s diving programs for 13 seasons, beginning in 2000-01
- Served as the Head Diving Coach at the University of Toledo from 1997-98 through 1999-2000, where she coached two seasons while still finishing her undergraduate degree
- 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
- Earned a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration from Clemson in 2008
In 2012-13, 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-meter 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, Hasselbach Adams recently graduated from the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in Denver, CO.
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. She also 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).
Most recently, Adams was a judge on the FOX show "Stars in Danger: The High-Dive." The show involved famous figures attempting different dives.
Hasselbach Adams is married to John Adams and they reside in Seneca, SC.