Our coaches are each highly qualified and experienced in the sport of diving as both athletes and coaches. Rubbing shoulders with accomplished teammates and coaches with experience at national and international championships and even the olympics is a unique experience that brings out the best in each diver.
Interim Head Coach
Ivan has 18+ years of extensive coaching experience including lessons for multiple age groups as well as coaching and mentoring national and international level divers. Ivan was a member of the Kazakhstan National Olympic Team from 1991-2001, a member of the USSR Junior Olympic Team from 1989-1991 and a twelve-time Kazakhstan National Champion. Ivan has participated in numerous FINA Diving events, including World Championships, Grand Prix, World Cups and was Bronze Medalist at the CanAmex Grand Prix. He received his Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, Swimming and Diving in 2000 from the Academy of Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Ivan is currently our Interim Head Coach as well as National & International Program Director for our Senior and Junior Olympic Team.
Developmental Program Director
Michole has 8+ years of coaching experience in gymnastics as well as diving. She first coached gymnastics starting with the 4 year old age group and later coached all levels of gymnasts for 4 years. She has spent the last 5 years coaching diving and 4 of those were done under the guidance of Abel Sanchez who was a 2000 Olympics participant and three-time All-America from the University of Michigan. As an athlete, Michole first competed for 14 years as a gymnast and achieved level 10. She later started diving in high school and went to the University of New Mexico to train under Abel Sanchez. After two years, she followed him to the University of North Carolina where she earned her degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Michole was awarded Mountain West diver of the week 3 times, ACC female diver of the week 3 times, Academic All-Mountain West Team for the Fall 2011, Spring/Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 time periods. She was a finalist on both the 3 meter individual and synchronized diving events at the USA Diving Summer National Championships from 2012-2014. Michole was an NCAA All-American on 3 meter in 2015 and was also a finalist on 3 meter at the Individual World Championship Trials in 2015. Michole is currently qualified for the upcoming 2016 Olympic trials on platform and 3 meter synchro events and therefore trains as well as coaches diving. Michole joins MVND as our Director of Developmental Programs. She is the Group 3 Coach and Full-Time Asst. to the Junior Olympic Team.
Novice Team & Lessons Program Director
Cindy joined the Nadadores coaching staff in September 2001 as a lessons instructor and in September 2002 she began coaching the Novice Team. In February 2003 she created the Bitty Bouncer competitive team for divers 7 years and under. Cindy, a former gymnast, began diving at age 15. She competed for UCLA from 1981-1985 where she earned her degree in Economics.
Dylan has been with the Nadadores program since he was 7 years old and brings over 16 years of experience to the Team. Assisting with almost every program that we offer, Dylan has been instrumental in streamlining all aspects of our program. With his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to the team, he brings an exciting new way to experience the sport of diving.