Michelle Casillas is in the sixth year of her second stint as the diving coach at UC San Diego in 2015-16. She previously served in the same capacity for two seasons from September 2004 to March 2006.
Both the UCSD men's and women's squads won their seventh consecutive Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) titles in 2015. Casillas took four of her divers, three men and then-sophomore Allyson Cohen, to the 2014 NCAA Championships. Senior Luke Calkins advanced to the main draw and became a first-time All-American with an eighth-place effort in the three-meter event. Adam Springer earned a return trip to the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Prior to the 2014 national meet, Calkins was the NCAA's recipient of the Elite 89 award for having the top grade-point average of any male swimmer or diver participating in the championships in Geneva, Ohio. Calkins also left the program as a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, and earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
In 2011-12, the Tritons duplicated their second- and third-place showings, respectively, at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Mansfield, Texas. Casillas qualified three men's divers to the NCAA meet, after Tyler Runsten had won a third straight PCSC crown in the three-meter event. She was named PCSC Men's Diving Coach of the Year.
In 2010-11, Casillas coached Runsten, then a sophomore, to a second-place finish on the three-meter springboard at the 2011 NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas. He also took fifth in the one-meter.
With Runsten winning from three meters at the 2011 PCSC meet, Calkins, a freshman at the time, placed third, and Patrick Cohen was seventh. In the one-meter event, Runsten took second while Calkins was fourth and Cohen was sixth.
Since Casillas has been with the Tritons, UCSD produced the first two NCAA All-American divers since the program moved up to Division II for the 2000-01 season.
Casillas served as a master trainer/manager at Guaranteed Fitness, a health coach at StayWell Health Management, a gym director at The Little Gym and a personal trainer at Snap Fitness prior to returning to UCSD. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Casillas has nearly eight years of training and coaching experience.
Casillas competed as a varsity diver for the University of Nevada from August 1997 to January 2000, earning All-Big West Conference honors four times. She then joined the varsity diving team at Florida State University, where she competed from August 2000 to March 2002 and was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. She graduated from Florida State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sports management.
Casillas resides in Temecula with her husband and two children.