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 2013-14 in its second season as a program. Overall, the upcoming season will be her
fourteen coaching the diving program at Clemson. She will head an experienced
squad with 11 returners and just one newcomer.
Last 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-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
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
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
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
Hasselbach Adams is married to John Adams and they reside in