CHAMPAIGN — Janell Shine, an assistant coach for the Centennial boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams, will succeed Don Waybright as head coach next season.
Shine, a 2001 Centennial graduate and former Chargers swimmer, coached the swimmers last season in her first year on the staff while Waybright continued his longtime duties as diving coach. Under Shine's direction, Centennial produced two individual state qualifiers Audrey Rodawig (100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke) and Gabe Omo-Osagie (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) as well as a state qualifier in the boys' 200 freestyle relay.
Shine's return guarantees a degree of continuity within the program. Last season, she was the third coach in as many years to work with Charger swimmers.
"That was what mainly excited me about the opportunity, to stay around for the (returning swimmers) ... and give them some consistency in their training," she said.
Centennial is searching for an assistant coach. If that hire does not have a background in coaching diving, Shine said she would assume those duties.
Waybright, who is retiring from teaching and coaching in the Unit 4 district after this school year, was a Centennial assistant and head coach in the sport for 37 years. He coached three state diving champions, including 2011 winner Kegan Skelton.
Shine was a two-year team captain and a state qualifier as a junior in the 100 butterfly.