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UF diving coach Craine killed in boat crash

University of Florida diving coach Donnie Craine died Thursday in a boat crash in the Gulf of Mexico, university officials said.

The 61-year-old coach was killed while he was on an annual fishing trip off Bokeelia, on Pine Island in Lee County, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Authorities said Craine was ejected from the boat after a head-on crash with another boat.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which was investigating the accident, said two vessels turned in the same direction near Pine Island and collided. Two people were aboard one boat, and four in the other. The others in the crash suffered only minor injuries and did not require treatment.

He spent 30 years as a diving coach at the University of Florida, where he was Southeastern Conference Diving Coach of the Year four times. He also coached the U.S. diving team in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana and the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y.

Craine joined the Gators in 1976 after graduating from Michigan. He left after five years, coached at Schroeder YMCA in Wisconsin, then Arkansas and Louisiana State, and returned to Gainesville in 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mindy, and three children: Keith, 31; Christopher, 30; and Stephanie, 26.

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