Greetings from the deep end of the pool at Army West Point!
My name is Chris Waters and I am the diving coach at the US Military Academy. I do hope everything is going well for you in this new COVID-19 era! It’s definitely an interesting time to say the least.
I am reaching out today as I’ve been tasked with the mission of contacting as many club coaches as I can to get the word out about West Point and the opportunities available to our cadets. So, with that in mind, here are some basics for you about the Academy and our diving program:
This fall, we will have Six divers on the team ... three women and three men. My goal is to keep growing the team and do everything I can to beat Navy! So I am definitely looking to add divers. I don’t have to deal with scholarships either - everyone is on a full ride - so that is not an issue at all.
The swimming and diving team is very tight and the much more connected than at any other university I’ve worked. They eat together as a team, help each other academically, plebes (freshman) even attend study hall together, upperclassmen serve as mentors and there is just a great deal of comradery!
I hope this gives you a little feel for what we’re about and hope you’ll keep us in mind when speaking with your divers about their college search. Hope you all stay safe and healthy too. Hang tough!
We have updated the Monday Mindfulness & Yoga Sessions to be 3pm-3:30pm for Mindfulness and 3:30pm-4:10pm for Yoga. This is is for ALL TEAMS and DIVERS!
The app schedule and website calendar have been updated. There is a separate link for each segment.
Please note that the weekly team meetings with coaches have been modified. Effecitve immediately, all teams will meet on Fridays at 4pm. The app schedule and website calendar has been updated. We will also be modifying Monday Mindfulness/Yoga as well moving forward. There will be a separate message posted about that change.
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Meeting ID: 771 5409 7572
Marc began diving as a freshman in high school in Ohio then earned a 4-year diving scholarship to Ohio University in Athens, OH. He graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Fine Arts. He then spent three years diving professionally at Sea World of Ohio in a high dive stunt show.
In September 2007, he was honored to take over the American Flyers Diving Club and continue the tradition of excellence here. His family moved from Colorado back to his home in the Northeast Ohio area where he began his coaching experience. Before moving to Colorado, he coached for Glen Oak High School in Canton and Nordonia High School in Macedonia. He also worked with the American Flyers Diving Team for one year and coached gymnastics at Gymnastics of Ohio in North Canton. As well as being owner and head coach of The Flyers, he is currently coaching several area high schools including: Solon, Aurora, Twinsburg, Chagrin Falls, Nordonia, and Garfield Heights. During the three years in Colorado, he coached with the Mile High Dive Club in the Denver area, the CU-Boulder club diving team, various high school teams (including: Boulder, Fairview, Columbine, Dakota Ridge, Chatfield, and Summit) and his own club diving team in Boulder, the Flatirons Diving Club. He has coached diving continuously since 1996 at the high school, collegiate, and club (USA Diving and AAU) levels in Ohio and Colorado. (Marc is currently safety certified by the USA Diving and the AAU Sports organizations and current in first aid and CPR)
Since taking over the American Flyers in 2007, we have had numerous successes at all ages & levels. Some basic milestones include:
She is originally from Pennsylvania. She comes from a gymnastics background where she was a competitive gymnast for 10 years. She started diving when she was a freshman in high school and won the Pennsylvania State Championships (PIAA) in 2013 and was runner up in 2014. She earned a 4 year diving scholarship to Youngstown State University. McKenzie's favorite dive is a 105c on 1m. She graduated in December of 2018 with a bachelors degree in K-12 physical education & health. She is currently teaching elementary PE (K-4) at Mercer Elementary School in the Shaker Heights school district! In her free time she loves to hike, spend time with family, and fish.
Curtis Roden begin his athletic career as a gymnast when he was five, 9 years before he began formal diving training. During high school, Curtis was a 3 year letter winning diver and a national competitor in gymnastics. He earned a 4-year diving scholarship to Cleveland State University. He graduated May 2019 with a B.S. in Health Sciences. Curtis spent his first 4 years of coaching as a gymnastics coach in North Canton, Ohio, and has transitioned to being a diving coach full-time. In his free time he enjoys a daily front flip, creating music, and spending time on wheels. (Curtis is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU and is certified in first aid and CPR)
Missy is a High School Health and Physical Education teacher as well as a certified Yoga Instructor coach, wife and mom. Her true passion is empowering people of all ages with the life skills of yoga and mindfulness. As a former high school and division I college athlete, she was fascinated with sports psychology. She pursued her masters in Education and Sports Science. She implements this knowledge and skills with our diving athletes! Namaste
Dr McCrae graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 2006 with degrees in Chiropractic (DC) & Human Biology (BS), the University of Science, Art and Technology with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Dr McCrae has been a board certified Chiropractic Sports Physician since 2012 and has extensive training in Radiology (MRI & CT of the Spine), Nutrition (Specializing in Athletes), Orthopedics, (working with multiple Orthopedic Specialities), Graston Technique (Soft Tissue) and KT/Rock Taping. Dr McCrae has spent several years working with NCAA & Olympic level divers and swimmers, a semi-professional soccer team and volunteered with the Memorial Hermann Ironman event for 4 years. He currently volunteers at a local Children's Triathlon in Aurora, OH. Dr McCrae has participated in several research projects that relate to Chronic Back Pain in the aged population to idiopathic skeletal trauma in athletes. When Dr McCrae isn't on deck treating the divers of American Flyers Diving, he is in the stands watching his favorite diver, Colten or poolside watching his 2 favorite swimmers, Spencer and Teagan.
Daniel has been coaching with American Flyers Diving since 2009. Dan started diving in high school, and has trained under Ron Kontura and Marc Cahalane. He was a 4 year letter winner, team captain, and conference MVP. Dan has also competed at the NCAA Division 1 level. His coaching résumé includes head coach and assistant coaching experience at the high school level in diving as well as track and field and junior elite level baseball and basketball. In Dan’s first year with the American Flyers, he helped guide 9 athletes to the Ohio State Championship Meet (the most in the club’s history), 15 district qualifiers, a conference champion, multiple division champions, a sectional, district and state champion, a district and state runner-up.
What Dan enjoys most about coaching is seeing kids progress in ability, both physical and mental. He likes to see kids set and achieve goals that they may have originally never thought possible. One of his personal goals for high school athletes is to help them receive scholarships for diving at the collegiate level. Dan also created the AFD facebook page and blog page, where regular updates from meet results, practice changes, awards earned by divers, etc. are posted. Dan’s educational background is in kinesiology and professional background has been in sales and marketing as well as coaching. In his free time he enjoys reading, going to sporting events and playing with his two dogs, Bailey & Sheba. He is also an instructor for Nordonia High School’s marching band. Dan recently got married in October, 2011. (Dan is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU and is certified in first aid and CPR)