Friday, December 06, 2013
Meet the Staff
Doug Beavers - Program Director and National Team Coach
Coach Beavers has been active in the sport of diving since 1977, and has been a professional diving coach for over 20 years. For years he was actively involved with NVSL diving at Parliament Pool in Springfield, VA. Parliament is where he learned to swim and dive, got his first job, started coaching diving, and met his wife Beth.
In 1989 he began coaching at the Northern Virginia Dive Club (NVDC) a registered USA Diving program, under Head Coach Bob Ketrick. During his time there he played an instrumental role in the development of NVDC’s first Olympic Trials qualifier, Kristin Link. By the time he left in December 1994, the club had built a strong reputation as an up-and-coming USA Diving program.
Eager to try his hand as a Head Coach, he spent two years as the Head JO Coach at South Carolina Divers and served as assistant coach at University of South Carolina. There he worked with Puerto Rican Olympian Vivian Alberty and US Olympians Melisa Moses and Michelle Davison.
In December of 1996, he moved to the City of St Peters, Missouri to create a comprehensive diving program at the St Peters REC-PLEX. He started from scratch, and over the next nine years Lightning Diving became a nationally recognized USA Diving program, produced numerous Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers, NCAA scholarship athletes, and several National Champions.
Divers trained by Coach Beavers and his staff in St Peters went on to capture NCAA and Senior National Titles, compete in US Olympic Trials, and even compete at the Olympic Games. In the London 2012 Olympic Games, former Lightning Diver Kelci Bryant won a bronze medal in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event. In the summer of 2004, the City of St Peters hosted the US Olympic Trials for diving, and Doug was an active part of the bid and hosting of that event.
With two young children in tow, Doug and Beth decided to sell their business in Missouri and return to Northern Virginia where they could enjoy time with their extended family. In addition to coaching, Beavers has been active in the administrative levels of the sport, serving on the Executive Board of USA Diving and as President of the US Professional Diving Coaches Association. He was named Program Director of Montgomery Dive Club in September 2010. He currently coaches National Team and Human Springs at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center.
Contact Coach Doug at MDCBeavers@gmail.com
Bob Ketrick - Program Administrator and National Team Coach
Bob Ketrick most recently coached high school and age-group diving in Vestal, NY, but he is widely recognized as the founder and head coach of the Northern Virginia Dive Club, a nationally recognized diving program that trained out of Oakton, VA from 1988 – 2002.
Bob has been involved in competitive diving for 32 years, with over 30 years of coaching experience from which to draw. Bob started as a diver at the Vestal Senior High School, in Vestal, NY. He competed for the Vestal Golden Bears for three seasons and was a state finalist two of the three years. Upon completing his New York State High School Regents Diploma, he was awarded a partial scholarship for diving and he matriculated to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
While working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Bob qualified for and participated in three out of the four NCAA Championships between 1980 – 1984. While on student work blocks during Spring and Summer of 1983 and 1984, Bob trained under such highly respected coaches as Glen McCormick in Long Beach, California, and U.S. Olympic Coach Ron O'Brien in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Bob began coaching in 1980 as a senior diver/assistant coach at the Monroe Community College age-group diving program in Rochester, NY. He finished his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and then spent 2 years as the NCAA diving coach at RIT while he completed his Master's Degree in Computer Engineering.
Bob then moved to Reston, Virginia and started coaching the South Lakes High School. From that small group of 6-8 high school divers, Bob formed a US Diving club, which grew over the next several years to become a top USD program. The Northern Virginia Dive Club (NVDC) was a full time age-group diving program owned and operated by Bob with the support of four assistant coaches.
NVDC produced 4 National Champions, 146 National qualifiers, and had one diver, Kristin Link, compete at the 1996 Olympic Team Trials on 10-Meter. During this time Bob also conducted research for USA Diving on portable sparging (bubbler) systems. His findings led to changes in USA Diving policy, and he is the author of the Portable Sparging System section published in the USA Diving Safety Manual.
In the 1995-96 season Bob traveled to Rostock, Germany; Guangzhou, China and Fukuoka, Japan as the U.S. National Team Coach at the Junior and Senior World Diving Championships.
Bob coaches National Team at GISC and generally manages the operations of our Germantown program. He is also tasked with financial oversight of the program.
Contact Coach Bob at MDCKetrick@gmail.com
Wes Mattice - Communications Director and National Team Coach
Wes started diving in the summer of 1995, under Coach Joe Somma at Newfield Swim and Dive Club in Stamford, CT. Shortly after that he was invited to the Whirlwind Dive Team, out of New Canaan, CT. He dove High School at Stamford High and competed in college at Southern Connecticut State University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art.
Even as a diver Wes continually found himself coaching, assisting at his summer club and with the club team at SCSU. In Fall 2006, he started coaching for the Whirlwind Dive Team, working with all levels from beginner to the national team. During this time he continued to learn from great coaches like Joe Somma, and Sergey Meshcherskiy. He also trained and competed at Masters Nationals in 2007.
Wes served as Head Dive Coach at Greenwich Country Club, Stanwich Country Club, and the Tri-state team out of the New Canaan YMCA. He was also a Gymnastics and Tumbling coach for the New Canaan YMCA.
Coach Wes recently moved to the District of Columbia and joined the MDC Staff in September 2011. Wes spends most of his time coaching the National Team at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center. Off the pool deck Wes is a freelance Graphics Designer, Illustrator and artist. He has used his considerable skills to help develop the MDC web site, wrangle our registration system, and create our marketing materials.
Contact Coach Wes at MDCMattice@gmail.com
Luke Bagnaschi - National Team Coach
Luke Bagnaschi joined the MDC coaching staff in the Fall of 2013. He arrives in the DMV after successful coaching stints at the University of Georgia, GC Divers in Dallas, TX, and Boston Area Divers. His unique combination of coaching and organizational skills makes him a terrific addition to the program. In Georgia, Luke served as the Head Coach of the Georgia Dive Club, as well as the Assistant Coach of the UGA collegiate team. In his work at UGA he worked extensively with two-time US Olympian Chris Colwill. His extensive qualifications include 15 years as a head coach, 4-time Meet Director for the AAU National Championships, USA Diving Safety and Spotting Certification Instructor, a volunteer position with USA Diving grassroots as well as the position Coordinator of National Events for AAU Diving and is also a Certified Personal Trainer, certified group fitness instructor and water fitness instructor and a Red Cross lifeguard instructor.
Luke works closely with Coach Wes to manage and coach the National Team at Kennedy Shriver, and also teaches weekend classes at the Dryland Training Center.
Contact Coach Luke at MDCBagnaschi@gmail.com
Noah Ehrenberg - Human Springs Coach
Noah joins MDC this Fall after several very successful years coaching in the MCDL. He brings a unique style to the pool deck and is quickly building a fan-base of divers and parents alike who love his approach to coaching. Noah spent several weeks last summer serving as an apprentice coach under National Training Center Coaches in Indianapolis as well as the top coaches at City of Midland, Texas. His enthusiasm and desire for improvement are infectious, and we love having him on the staff. You can find Noah coaching at Olney, MLK and KSAC.
Contact Coach Noah at MDCEhrenberg@gmail.com.
Tim Tolino - Human Springs Coach, National Team Assistant
Tim Tolino recently completed his NCAA diving career at the University of Maryland, and is now a Human Springs and National Team coach at our Germantown facility. Tim does an extraordinary job of balancing enthusiasm, fun and high expectations. This combination has resulted in tremendous progress for the kids in his classes. Before joining University of Maryland Diving Team, Tim was a member of the Montgomery Dive Club and a trampolinist under the guidance of local diving hero John E. Smith.
Contact Coach Tim at Ttolino@terpmail.umd.edu
Colin Patrican - Human Springs Coach, National Team Assistant
Colin Patrican rejoined the MDC staff in the Fall of 2013 after completing his studies at the University of Buffalo. While at Buffalo, Colin trained under nationally recognized diving coach Karla Helder, who not only trained him as a diver, but also helped him to become a remarkable young coach. Befor Buffalo, Colin was a member of MDC and the Fredrick Area Divers, under the legendary John E. Smith. You can find Colin coaching Human Springs, High School and National Team at GISC, High School at KSAC, and on the weekends at the Dryland Training Center.
Contact Coach Colin at MDCPatrican@gmail.com
Kevin Burke - Human Springs Team Coach
Kevin Burke was a decorated MDC National Team Diver and Coach who returned to the staff in the Winter of 2012. His wealth of experience as a nationally recognized diver and exceptional coach are a giant benefit to MDC divers and staff. Kevin is currently coaching the Human Springs Team at KSAC.
Contact Coach Kevin at email@example.com
Kathy Kirk - Human Springs Team Coach
Kathy Kirk was a decorated MDC National Team Diver, returning to coach in the Fall of 2013. She coaches on Monday nights at KSAC, and we absolutely love her calm cool style and expert eye. In the summer she coaches at an MCDL pool.
Summer White - Human Springs Coach
At the age of only four years old, Summer White learned how to dive with the MCDL Division I Champion pool, Tanterra. Her passion for diving grew as she continued to be a high point member of the team and league, while helping out the coaches as well.
In addition, she began to dive with MDC around the age of ten years old, eventually advancing into the High School Diving class. Captain of Sherwood High School’s Diving Team, she placed 7th in Maryland and 1st in her region. Summer was an Assistant Coach for Tanterra Dive Team in 2011, a Co-Head Coach in 2012, then Head Coach in 2013.
This is Summer’s second year with MDC as a coach and will continue to bring fresh and current experience into the program. Summer coaches Human Springs and High School Diving classes at MLK and OSC.
Contact Coach Summer at firstname.lastname@example.org