Coaching Staff

Marc Cahalane

Director of Coaching Development / Owner


Marc has been the owner and Head Coach of AFD since 2007. Since 2007 AFD has accomplished the following...

USA Olympic Team Trials

•2 Qualifiers

USA Senior National Championships as of 2022

•7th Place Men’s Team (2019) 

•11th Place Combined Men’s and Women’s Team (2019) 

•2 USA Senior National Silver Medals

•2 USA Senior National Bronze Medals

•20 USA Senior National Championship Qualifiers 

•17 USA Senior National Championship Finalists

•6 USA Synchro National Championship Qualifiers

•2 USA Synchro National Championship Finalists 


USA Junior Nationals as of 2022

•2019 – Boys Team (National Runners Up) 

•2019 – Combined Team (7th) 

•2018 – Boys Team (National Champions) 

•2018 – Combined Team (7th) 

•2017 – Boys Team (5th) 

•2017 – Boys Synchro Team (8th) 

•2017 – Girls Synchro Team (6th) 

•2017 – Combined Synchro Team (7th) 

•3 High Performance USA National Junior Team Members

•6 USA Junior National Gold Medals

•4 USA Junior National Silver Medals 

•8 USA Junior National Bronze Medals 

•4 Junior World Championship Trials Qualifiers 

•8 Junior World Championship Trials Finalists – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze 

•8 USA Synchro National Championship Finalists 

•Over 60 Junior National Qualifiers and Finalists 

OHSAA Accomplishments as of 2020

•10 State Champions, 9 silver, 8 bronze 

•157 State qualifiers, 119 State finalists and 27 total medalists 

•2019 All-American Champion and numerous All-American Athletes 

•Placed 52 athletes in 37 colleges and universities to date and counting

International Coaching Experience

•2023 Pan-American Games 4th place finisher

•2019 World University Games Qualifier – Naples, Italy 

•2019 Canada Cup Qualifier – Calgary, Canada 

•2018 Junior World Championships Qualifier – Kiev, Ukraine 

•2018 Junior World Championships – Team USA Coach 

•2017 Junior Pan American Games, 2 Qualifiers – Victoria, British Columbia Canada 

•2017 Junior Pan American Games – Team USA Coach - Victoria, British Columbia Canada 

•2017 Dresden Youth International Meet Qualifier – Dresden, Germany 

•2017 Dresden Youth International Meet – Team USA Coach 

•2015 Junior Pan American Games Qualifier - Matanzas, Cuba 

•2015 Canada Camo International Invitational meet – Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist

Marc was named the Head Diving Coach and the University of Akron in 2020. In his first year the Zips qualified multiple divers to the NCAA Zone Championship Meet and to the A-final of the MAC Championship Meet in addition to climbing the rankings on the Akron Top-10 all-time scores for both 1 meter and 3 meter records.

Katie Carter

Katie is an AFD alumni (Euclid - 2005) where she was a 3-time OHSAA State Championship Meet qualifier finishing as high as 4th as a Senior. In 2006 Katie participated in an international training camp hosted in Beijing and Xi'an China. Katie dove collegiately at the University of Akron where she was a 4-time NCAA Zone Championship Meet qualifier and 3-time MAC Champion. In 2009 she was named the MAC Diver of the Year and the University of Akron Swimming and Diving Team MVP. As a senior level diver, Katie qualified for multiple finals at the USA Diving Sr. Nationals finishing as high as 4th in 2010 and making semi-finals at the USA Diving 2012 Olympic Team Trials finishing 17th.

Katie began coaching with AFD in 2016 and was recently named the Head Diving Coach at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio.  In her first year at University School, Katie coached 2 divers to top-10 finishes at the OHSAA State Championship Meet. In 2023, all 4 University School divers qualified to the State Championships, finishing with two All-Ohio honors included the Div. II State Runner-up.

Katie Carter

Head National Team Coach

Curtis Roden

Curtis joined the AFD coaching staff in 2019 after finishing his collegiate diving career at Cleveland State University. While at CSU, Curtis was an NCAA Zone Championships qualifier and finished as high as 3rd place in the Horizon League Championship Meet. Since joining AFD, Curtis has had the opportunity to work with all of our program groups from the Developmental divers to our Red, White and Blue teams. During the 2020-2021 high school season, Curtis took over the University School Head Diving Coach position and qualified two divers to the OHSAA State Championship Meet.

In addition to coaching, Curtis is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Cleveland State University.

Curtis Roden

Associate Head Coach

Ron Navarra

Ron joined the AFD coaching staff in 2016 as the Owner & Head Coach of American Flyers Diving Youngstown. Ron is a Youngstown State University graduate with a degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science, Sports Management curriculum and has been coaching diving since 2002. Before coming to AFD, Ron spent 13 years as an assistant coach with Timberbrook Dive Club and the Youngstown Area Diving Academy.

In his time as a high school diving coach, Ron has coached divers from 18 different Ohio and Pennsylvania schools, including: 49 State Championship Qualifiers, 2 State Champions, 3 State Runners-up, and has been voted the Northeast Aquatic Conference Diving Coach of the Year 10 times.

Ron is currently the Head Diving Coach for Boardman High School, Canfield High School, Crestview High School, Poland Seminary High School, and Warren G Harding High School.

Ron Navarra

Head Coach - AFD Youngstown

Assistant Coaches

Emily Gentithes

Assistant Coach

Emily joined the AFD coaching staff in 2021.

She began her coaching career in 2008 in Evanston, IL where she coached countless club athletes to USA Diving Junior and Senior National Championship meets, helped develop a youth diving program, and worked as the team’s Program Director. During this time, Emily was also the assistant diving coach for Northwestern University.

Emily started competing with USA Diving in the 11&U age group and continued to dive throughout high school and college. Emily was a two time IHSA State Finalist, JO National Qualifier, collegiate record holder at Colgate University, and performed in MANY diving may have seen her perform at Cedar Point in the summer of 2005 or 2006.

McKenzie Darlington

Assistant Coach

McKenzie was the 2013 PIAA state champion while attending Mohawk High School in New Castle, PA. She dove collegiately at Youngstown State University where she was a 4-time NCAA Zone Championships qualifier and a 7-time A-finalist at the Horizon League Championship Meet finishing as high as 3rd in 2016. McKenzie started coaching with AFD in 2019 and in 2021, was named the Head Diving Coach at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.

Dan Miller

Business Manager & Director of High School Diving

Dan is AFD's longest tenured assistant coach, joining the club in 2009. Since then Dan has coached all levels at AFD and was named Director of High School Diving in 2020, and Business Manager in 2021.

Dan is currently the head coach at Hudson High School. Since taking over at Hudson in the 2010-2011 season, Hudson has advanced 11 different divers to the State Championship Meet with finishes including a State Champion, two 2nd places, a 3rd place, two 4th places and 3 other podium finishes, with 5 other finishes earning All-Ohio honors. Hudson has placed 9 different divers on to NCAA Division 1 rosters in that same time.

Dan has also recently served as the Meet Director for the 2022 Region 5 Championships and 2023 Zone C Championships, in addition to being the Head Referee at the 2023 Region 5 Championships.

In addition to Dan's responsibilities with AFD, he is also a World Aquatics Certified Diving Judge, being 1 of only 41 total judges in the USA and 358 world wide, and serves on the OHSAA Diving Judge Education Committee as the Northeast District Coach Representative. In 2023 Dan served as the Head Referee at the Region 5 Championships and was chosen by USA Diving to serve as a judge at the International Training Camp leading up to the 2023 World Cup in Montreal, Canada.

Kenzie Dunigan

Assistant Coach

Bela Noble

Assistant Coach

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