Tory McKenna
Tory McKenna

Position:
Diving Coach

Alma Mater:
Syracuse


Tory McKenna joined the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving program in August 2012 after coaching for three seasons at University of New Hampshire. She has steadily worked to enhance the UC diving program, reaching a major milestone in 2014 when the Bearcats competed in the postseason off the platform for the first time in a decade.

McKenna began her coaching career at Westford Swim and Tennis Club in Westford, Massachusetts, and led the team to two diving league championships. From 2008-09, she moved on to coach two area high schools in Portsmouth and Dover, New Hampsire, where she produced the women's Division I and Division II state champions. From 2009-11, McKena served as head coach of Charles River Diving North, an off-shoot of Charles River Diving based out of Harvard University and Boston University. There, she coached both the men's and women's New Hampshire state champions in each season. Also in 2009, McKenna was named the women's diving coach for the University of New Hampshire. During her time at UNH, her divers placed in the top eight on both boards at the America East championship meet (2009-12). Most notably, Ellen Pelletier placed as high as third and also qualified for the NCAA Zone Championship Meet in 2012.

A native of Westford, Massachusetts, McKenna dove with RipTide Diving and Boston Area Diving as a youth. She qualified for east national championships in 2003 and placed as high as third in the Massachusetts State Meet ('02, `03', '04). She went on to dive in the BIG EAST Conference at Syracuse University, where she was a conference finalist on the 3-meter board in 2006 and BIG EAST Academic All-Star from 2005-07. McKenna was a NCAA Zone qualifier from 2005-07, set the pool record at Villanova in 2005 and was the SU one-meter record holder from 2005-06. Her career-high scores were 289.58 on the three-meter versus UConn (2006) and 288.37 on the one-meter against Villanova (2005). Due to a shoulder injury, Tory red-shirted her senior year, but went on to dive for the University of New Hampshire as a fifth-year competitor, where she placed third in the conference championship on the one-meter and received the Coaches' Award for the 2008-09 season.

McKenna graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. She received a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2010 and is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is now a 3rd year PhD student in Speech-Language Pathology at UC in the School of Allied Health Sciences. She specializes in medical speech-language pathology in adult populations and continues to work PRN at local area hospitals and nursing homes.