University of Florida diving coach Donnie Craine dies in boating accident

Donnie Craine

The University of Florida is mourning the death of head men’s and women’s diving coach Donnie Craine.

Craine, 61, died in a boating accident on Thursday morning. The incident occurred off the coast of Bokeelia, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from Fort Myers.

The Orlando Sentinel reported two vessels turned in the same direction and collided. Two people were aboard one boat, and four in the other. Craine was the only fatality. Others involved suffered minor injuries and did not require treatment, according to the newspaper.

"€œOur thoughts are with Mindy, their family and all who had a chance to know and be coached by him,"€ Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. "€œThis is such sad news about Donnie Craine. Donnie loved being a Gator and spent his career here coaching our men’€™s and women’s diving athletes. He will be missed."

Craine spent 30 years his 37-year coaching career with Florida. He coached five individual national champions, including two with the Gators. He also coached 12 SEC winners at UF, and 19 overall.

"€œYou’€™ll never meet a nicer guy than Donnie Craine,"€ head coach Gregg Troy said. "€œHe was caring for not just the athletes he worked with, but for everyone he came in touch with."€