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.
Michele Mitchell, Ph.D.
Head Coach/ High Performance Director
Mitchell, a two-time US Olympic Silver medalist, (1984 and 1988 on the 10-meter platform), serves as the Mission Viejo Diving Team Head Coach and High-Performance Director. A former Nadadore diver, Mitchell returns to Mission Viejo from the University of Arizona where she was the Head Diving Coach for 15 years prior to finishing her collegiate years in Arizona’s athletic administration.
A 9-time US National Champion, World Cup, and Pan American Games champion, her coaching accomplishments are as numerous. While at Arizona she was a part of two NCAA Team National titles and her diver, Ben Grado, won the first men’s NCAA diving title, the first in school history. Her divers won 11 Pac 12 titles and she produced 43 All Americans. She was a four-time Pac 10 “Coach of the Year” and three of her divers represented other countries in 7 Olympic Games. Divers from various club programs in her career have also won a Jr. World Bronze medal, 2 AAU National titles and 3 Junior Olympic titles.
Mitchell has three degrees from the University of Arizona: a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Art in English and Athletic Coaching, Secondary Education.
She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Governing Body of the sport, USA Diving. She has been inducted into the following Hall of Fames:
• International Swimming Hall of Fame
• University of Arizona Hall of Fame
• Arizona State Hall of Fame
• Scottsdale School District Hall of Fame
She was also named the 2016 Pac 12 “Diver of the Century” and was the 2011 recipient of the Phil Boggs Award, for lifetime service to the sport of diving. She is a Four-time US Olympic Committee “Athlete of the Year” as well as a top ten finalist for the Sullivan Award.
Mitchell is married to Tim Sutton and has two children, Ariana Rocha (22) and Dakota Rocha (20) and two step-children, Molly Sutton (25) and Tim Sutton (24).
Associate 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.
Assistant Coach, Director Novice & Developmental Programs
Todd Mulzet has been involved in diving for over 30 years, first as a nationally-ranked diver, and for the past eleven years as a top diving coach. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mulzet attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a B.S. in Mathematics and was three-time Big East conference diver of the year. A finalist at U.S. senior nationals, and a current masters world record holder. He began his career as a diving coach at Emory University (1990-92) and first joined Mission Viejo in 2006. Since then Mulzet has been head coach at Houston’s Cougar Diving Club (2007-10); Diving Coach Men and Women’s swimming and diving at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-16); and most recently development coach with Stanford Diving Club (2016-18). In his six seasons at Berkeley, he was a member of the coaching staff that won six NCAA team titles at the Division I swimming and diving national championships. There he coached three-time all-American Kahley Rowell, a Mission Viejo alum, who finished out her career as a United States Olympic Trials finalist on 10m platform in 2016. As head coach of Cougar Diving Club, Mulzet coached divers to two individual junior national titles and three individual age-group national titles. He was also selected as an assistant coach for the 2009 Junior Pan Am Games with two divers earning spots on the team. Mulzet has trained under a number of world class coaches, including Julian Krug (University of Pittsburgh), Dick Kimble (University of Michigan, USA Olympic coach), and Jane Figueiredo (Great Britain Olympic coach, 2017 FINA Coach of Year). Prior to becoming a diving coach, Mulzet held positions in marketing or finance at AT&T, Ameriprise Financial Services and Universal Music/Geffen Records.
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.
Sports Information, Technology & Facilities Director
Coach Dylan has been with the Nadadores program since the age of 8. He brings over 18 years of national diving experience as a diver and coach. He brings a wide range of know-how with new technological advancement, mechanical knowledge, and facilities management to the Nadadores. He also assists with all program assets of the team from JO to novice to lessons and masters groups. Dylan brings years of experience with hand spotting and belt spotting in and out of the water. He also runs the masters and high school programs the Nadadores offer.
Dylan is our point person for facility management, equipment maintenance, and technologies pertaining to diving. On a daily basis the facility must be checked for all safety and equipment hazards. Dylan took apart a fulcrum box one sunny afternoon to teach himself how to maintain and fix a full diving board stand through a hands-on trial and error method. He has full knowledge of all board maintenance, safety, and cleaning schedules. Dylan knows what needed to keep our boards running in world class condition for our athletes.
As Meet Director for the Nadadores, Dylan is a busy man on competition weekends. From managing volunteers, managing judges, and managing the event tables, Dylan strives to run an on-time, fun, and stress-free meet conducive to an optimal competitive environment.
Dylan has been instrumental in streamlining all aspects of our program. With his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to the team, he brings a fun, exciting, new way to experience the sport of diving.
Dylan works hard to enjoy his family during his free time with his fiancé Shannon and his baby boy Cole.(5months).
Homeschool Program Coach/Assistant Team Coach
With three US National medals (gold, silver and bronze in 3-Meter and 10-Meter platform) and a fifth place finish at the Olympic Trials (1996), Kim Berbari comes to the Nadadores with an extensive diving career. She is a two-time NCAA Division II Champion (1993 and 94) and record holder on 3-meter . She was the silver medalists at the World Championship Trials (1997) and a member of both the World Cup Team (1997) and World Championship Team (1998). Kim was a 7-time US National team member (1993-2000). Leading up to the 2000 Olympics, she was a National Team Member and Olympic Trials Semi-finalist.
Along with her first-hand knowledge as a competitive diver, Kim brings an impressive 25 years of coaching experience to our team. In 2000, she was an Olympic Coach in Sydney, Australia representing Peru, lending her insight and experience to athletes at the highest level. Since she began coaching in 1992, Kim has trained all levels of divers all over the world. She has run lessons and junior programs, coached on dive clubs throughout Southern California, and was the Assistant Coach of the Northwestern University Team.
In 2002 she joined the Nadadores first as an Assistant Coach, then as a Head Coach (2003-2005). Kim’s experienced diving career coupled with her extensive coaching knowledge has given her the ability to connect with and inspire young divers at all levels. Intuitively calling on decades of personal experience as both an athlete and a coach, Kim knows how to individually challenge and encourage each diver to embrace this incredible sport.
Kim balances her time between coaching at Mission Viejo and raising two young boys (ages 11 and 13) with her husband, Luis Berbari.