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Bethany Hovland was a UNI diver from 2009-13.

Upon her hire in July 2018, Hovland still held the 1-meter and 3-meter school records. She was the 1-meter Missouri Valley Conference Champion in 2011, making her the only diver in school history to win a conference title. After making four-straight appearances at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, the "Bethany Hovland Diver of the Year" award was established in her honor in 2013.

Hovland is the founder and head coach of Cedar Valley Diving Club, where she trains divers ages 8-18 years old. She coached high school diving from 2013-17. During her high school coaching career, she coached a two-time state champion along with multiple state qualifiers and finishers, including athletes who continued their diving careers at the collegiate level.

As a native of Cedar Falls, Hovland began her diving career at Cedar Falls High School where she owns the 6 and 11 diving school records. She was a two-time Iowa High School State Champion and earned All-American status in 2009.

Hovland earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013 and her master's degree in teaching at Morningside College in 2017.