Chris Waters begins his nineth season as the Illini diving coach. Last season, Waters oversaw the training of NCAA Zone C qualifiers Emily Fung, Erika Murphy and Olivia Kassouni. In the 2013-14 season he oversaw the training for qualifiers Keri Eberhardt, Darragh McDermott and Erika Murphy.
Waters came to Illinois with a wide variety of experience as a diving coach, including stops at Tulane, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Missouri State. At Tulane, Waters had a top-12 finisher in both the one-and three-meter diving competitions at the Conference USA Championships. Waters also coached one Syracuse diver to the NCAA Zone A Championships in 2005 and had two divers place at the Big East Conference meet.
Waters coached an honorable mention All-American in the one-and three-meter diving competitions at Division III Connecticut College in 2000 and was named Missouri Valley Conference Diving Coach of the Year in 1999 after coaching the Male Diver of the Year and the men's one-and three-meter champions at Missouri State.
A member of the United States Diving and the Professional Diving Coaches Association, Waters has coached six Academic All-Conference selectees throughout his career. He graduated from Castleton State University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1991 and earned a master's degree in health promotion and wellness management from Missouri State in 2002.