Liz Litsch from Gig Harbor, WA, started coaching because her daughter showed an interest in learning to dive. Liz ended up loving the sport and began a very successful 30 year career coaching for the Gig Harbor High School and Peninsula teams. Liz started coaching at Peninsula in 1985 and later added Gig Harbor in 1991. She finished coaching her last season in 2015. During her distinguished career, Liz coached five divers to Washington State Diving Championship titles: ‘93, ‘97, ’98, ’99, ’00 and 1 state team title with the Gig Harbor High School team in 1997. She coached 26 District Champions (15 Boys District Champions and 11 Girls District Champions) during her tenure. She was selected as a NISCA All-American Diving Judge for 12 years. Three of her own divers achieved All-American status. Liz was a respected pillar of the diving and swimming community. She is the first diving coach to be inducted into the WISCA Hall of Fame and the first female coach. She would often be seen coaching, judging, and volunteering across all classifications every year at the Washington State meet. Liz Litsch demonstrated a passion for diving and for coaching in Washington State that positively impacted many athletes and her coaching peers alike. Many of her former athletes have gone on to become successful coaches as well. What began as a parent getting involved in the sport, led her to an impeccable career as an incredibly successful coach. She remains beloved and respected by her diving peers. She gave countless hours of her time and effort in working to increase the growth of diving in our community. She inspired many people over the years with her kindness, positive attitude and her coaching prowess.