Bulldog Hall of Fame
Joe Charles Joe Charles
Men's Swimming, 1987-90

Charles, who was named FSU's Most Valuable Performer in 1989-90, earned three All-America honors as a member of the Bulldog men's swimming and diving team. His highest finish, fourth, came in the three-meter diving event at the 1989 NCAA-II Championships. Charles also placed fifth (438.85 points) on the three-meter board and seventh (398.80 points) in the one-meter competition at the 1990 NCAA-II Championships. He remains Ferris' school and pool record holder in three of the four men's diving events, including the one-meter (six dives), three-meter (six dives) and the three-meter with 11 dives. Charles was honored as a team captain following his final campaign (1989-90) and was a three-year letterwinner for FSU. During the 1989-90 season, Charles produced team season and career bests in all four diving events as the Bulldogs placed second at the GLIAC Championships and 14th nationally. As a junior, the Dearborn product attained runner-up accolades in the three-meter event with 520.95 points at the league championships and finished third in the one-meter competition. In his sophomore campaign (1988-89), the diving specialist led Ferris to a second-place league showing while garnering team Most Improved Athlete Award honors. Besides his fourth-place finish in the three-meter competition at the 1989 national meet, Charles also earned honorable mention honors as he placed ninth on the one-meter board falling only one spot short of a fourth All-America performance. His fourth-place national finish was the highest placing ever for a Ferris diver at the NCAA-II Championships. Charles, who was the only Bulldog team member to reach national competition in 1988-89, placed 14th overall in the national team standings on his efforts. He became the first FSU diver to win GLIAC titles on both the one-meter and three-meter boards as a sophomore under head coach Rick Kowalski. During his prep career, Charles was a four-year letterwinner and Class B state diving finalist at Dearborn High School. He currently works and lives in Naples, Fla., along with his wife, Tia, and family.

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