By Tommy Jaakola

Gophers diving coach Wenbo Chen was named the co-Big Ten Men's Diving Coach of the Year on Tuesday for the first time in his career. Chen has won the award on the women's side four times at Minnesota, including last week.

Minnesota men's team sent four divers to the NCAA Championships last weekend, tied for the most by a single school. The Gophers also sent four men's divers to the NCAA meet last season. Two of Chen's divers earned All-American honors at the meet this year in senior Manny Pollard and junior Matt Barnard.

Chen also coached the Gophers to nine "A" finals appearances at the Big Ten Championships this year. Barnard took first on the 3-meter springboard at the meet, and Pollard took second on the platform dive and third on the 1-meter event.