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Maxine Joyce ("Micki") King (born July 26, 1944, in Pontiac, Michigan) is a former competitive diver and diving coach. She was a gold medal winner at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the three meter springboard event.
She was the dominant figure in women's diving in the United States from 1965 to 1972, winning 10 national championships, including both springboard and platform events. At the 1968 Summer Olympics, she was in first place in the three three meter springboard event when she broke her left arm on the ninth dive; she completed the tenth dive, but finished in fourth place. In 1972, she made a comeback at the Munich Olympics, winning the gold medal in the three meter springboard event.
King was a career officer in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1992, retiring in the rank of colonel. She taught physical education and coached diving at the United States Air Force Academy, becoming the first woman to serve on the faculty of a U.S military academy and the first woman to coach a male athlete to an NCAA championship. She was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year three times. From 1992-2006, King was assistant athletic director at the University of Kentucky. She was also the president of U.S. Diving from 1990-1994. She has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the International Womens Sports Hall of Fame, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
U.S. Air Force
King also had a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1992. While preparing for the 1972 Olympics, King trained at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.In 1973, she was assigned to instruct physical education and coach diving at the Air Force Academy, becoming the first woman to hold a faculty position at a U.S. military academy, and the only female coach in any sport to coach a male athlete to an NCAA championship. She coached Air Force divers to 11 All-America honors and four national titles, and was twice named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. In 1992, King retired from the Air Force as a full colonel, and Director of the USAFA Athletic Department.
In 1976, King married Air Force pilot, Jim Hogue, and she changed her name during the marriage to Micki King Hogue. In 1982, King had a daughter, Michelle Hogue. In 1984, she had a son, Kevin Hogue.
While serving in the Air Force, King was a member of the committee that led the way for women to be admitted to the U.S. military academies. King’s daughter, Michelle Hogue, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2004. At the time, King noted, “Never once in the two years of committee work did I ever dream that my own daughter would be a beneficiary.” On her graduation, King’s daughter presented King with a class ring from the Academy. King noted, “She said if anybody should have a class ring, I should.”
She was the dominant figure in women’s diving in the United States from 1965 to 1972. In 1965, competing for the Ann Arbor Swim Club (since Michigan did not have a team),King was the U.S. national indoor platform champion, the national outdoor three-meter champion and was named Diver of the Year. After graduating from Michigan, King joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and was assigned to the Air Force ROTC program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she continued to train with Dick Kimball. In all, King won ten U.S. national diving championships in the outdoor three-meter springboard (1965, 1967, 1969, 1970), one meter (1967), platform (1969), and indoor three-meter springboard (1965, 1971).
King also excelled in water polo. She led the Ann Arbor Swim Club to two AAU national championships (1961–1963) and was twice named an All-American goalie.