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Message from Army West Point Diving

By Christine Keating 04/29/2020, 8:30am EDT

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:

Team:
We compete at the Division I level in the Patriot League Conference which has been well represented at the NCAA Championships in recent years. As you likely know, our biggest rival is within our conference as well ... those midshipmen of Navy. 

 

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!

Facility:
Diving well consists of two 1m and two 3m boards. We also have 1m, 3m, 6m + 10m towers as well as trampoline and two dry boards. (Note: - not a typo on the 6m either – it’s an interesting set up). In March, we will start lifting in a brand new strength training facility as well.

 

Training:
Weights … 3x / week typically at 0530
Dryland … every afternoon + Saturday morning for approximately 1.0 hour
Water … every afternoon and Saturday morning for approximately 1.5-2.0 hours
 
Military:
Education is free with 5 year commitment to the US Army following graduation. Cadets do receive stipends during their time at the academy too and when they graduate from USMA, they enter the Army as 2nd Lieutenants with pay being approx.. $50,000/year. Over 80% of our cadets go onto grad school some time during their first 5 years out of the Academy as well. That grad school is mostly (if not all) paid for too as is their housing and they continue to receive their commission (pay) at the same time. Please know the bulk (85% or more of the positions our cadets go into are in the support fields; the majority of cadets never get near the fronts lines unless they choose to do so).
 
Education:
#1 Top Public School in US (US News + World Report), #1 Most Accessible Professors in the Nation (Princeton Review), #4 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program (US News + World Report).
Best part to me is classes are small … gov’t mandates that there is no more than 18 cadets per instructor and the majority of our profs live on post and are super accessible to meet anytime, even on weekends! We also have profs travel with us on the road to meets as well.
Academy Site: https://www.westpoint.edu/
Athletic Site: https://goarmywestpoint.com/

 

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!

 

Respectfully,
Christopher A. Waters 
Head Diving Coach
Army West Point 
639 Howard Road
West Point, NY 10996
217-369-4061
christopher.waters@westpoint.edu

 

Update: MONDAY MINDFULNESS & YOGA SESSIONS

By Christine Keating 04/20/2020, 5:00pm EDT

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.

Topic: MINDFULNESS with MISSY B
Time: Apr 27, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Mon, until Jun 1, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)
    Apr 27, 2020 03:00 PM
    May 4, 2020 03:00 PM
    May 11, 2020 03:00 PM
    May 18, 2020 03:00 PM
    May 25, 2020 03:00 PM
    Jun 1, 2020 03:00 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/up0ldemsqTkqEtPAnam3-tGlHrHYsaWW4osI/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6hpjkqHtOXsBGAR7Z5Gojoc-jwtnpfj7dtvRHkDnMediT6HvBqC6F-J--E
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79820472087
 
Meeting ID: 798 2047 2087

 

Topic: YOGA with MISSY F
Time: Apr 27, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Mon, until Jun 1, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)
    Apr 27, 2020 03:30 PM
    May 4, 2020 03:30 PM
    May 11, 2020 03:30 PM
    May 18, 2020 03:30 PM
    May 25, 2020 03:30 PM
    Jun 1, 2020 03:30 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upUvf-2uqzssEtw_MbuXVJ-bn5vf9vUSBUjJ/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6prDMuHNGVthGPR7YcAIqgLO7wmGJdj7dKozLnFhhlSE70OLdUNOtpJevy
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71284650688
Meeting ID: 712 8465 0688
 
Thank you,
Christine

Updated: ZOOM WEEKLY TEAM MEETINGS with COACHES

By Christine Keating 04/20/2020, 4:15pm EDT

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.

Topic: WEEKLY TEAM MEETING with THE COACHES
Time: Apr 24, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Fri, until May 29, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)
    Apr 24, 2020 04:00 PM
    May 1, 2020 04:00 PM
    May 8, 2020 04:00 PM
    May 15, 2020 04:00 PM
    May 22, 2020 04:00 PM
    May 29, 2020 04:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upMscu2opzwvHdbjqB3rrtFYQgkHs9DugL60/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6vrz4uGt2StR6FR7YEBY_4LPTxmGZYgqdflg7HUDJBdiXPB-VJGqEmNM3X

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77154097572

Meeting ID: 771 5409 7572

Thank you,
Christine

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Head Coach Marc, Owner

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:

  • At the State level -  finalists, podium, medalists & champions. 
  • At the USA age group level; Nationally ranked, medal winning, internationally competitive & Team USA divers. Of which we have been honored to have 2 USA National Champions, 2 divers earning a rare & coveted spot as USA diving Jr. National Squad members for Team USA and a 2015 Jr. Pan American athlete.

Coach McKenzie

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.

Assistant Coach Curtis 

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)

Yoga & Mindfulness Coach Missy

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 Shaun McCrae, DC, PhD

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.

Coach Katie

Coach Dan 

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)

Coach Rob 

A native Pennsylvanian, Rob was the first diver in his school’s history, winning his local league championship multiple times and earning silver and bronze at the state level.  Eschewing scholarship offers in order to attend Oberlin, Rob qualified for nationals as a freshman but had to end his career prematurely.  Eventually, Rob turned to coaching in the mid 90’s at Johns-Hopkins University, coaching a USA Diving team as well while training under Dr. Vincent Wroblewski.  During his four-year-tenure, Rob coached multiple national qualifiers and All-Americans, including senior national divers, seeing his age-groupers earn scholarships at schools such as Indiana, Michigan and USC.  Rob then spent a decade in the U.S. Navy where he both worked on nuclear reactors and instructed Naval Reactor trainees.  Along the way, Rob coached when and where he could, getting some time in at Skidmore College, RPI and his own local program in Sasebo, Japan.  Rob returned to civilian life, earning his law degree and settling in the Cleveland area where his wife grew up.  While today he practices corporate law, Rob finds time in the cracks to coach again and has been with AFD since 2017.  (Rob is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU and is certified in first aid and CPR).