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 KSAC.
Contact Coach Bob at MDCKetrick@gmail.com
Zach Hawley - Program Coordinator and National Team Coach
MDC National Team Coach Zach Hawley has been involved in the sport of diving since he was 12 years old. As an athlete, Hawley dived for University of North Dakota from 2004-2008, and was a four-time NCAA Division II National qualifier and a five-time honorable mention All American.
Before arriving at MDC last July, Hawley coached at South Dakota State University (SDSU). There he played a vital role in transforming the program. In his first season all of the SDSU athletes had personal best performances and the team broke every school record on 1m, 3m and platform. In the 2011-2012 season the SDSU diving had even more success. All of the athletes once again had personal best scores, broke all of the school records set the previous season, and even set a new pool record. At the Summit League Championships, two of Hawley’s divers became the first NCAA Zone Qualifiers in South Dakota State University history.
The past three summers (2010-2012) Zach worked alongside some of the top coaches in the nation to expand his knowledge of the sport. He coached with Matt Scoggin at the University of Texas, Jamie Sweeney at the University of Missouri, Todd Waikel (now at the University of Iowa), John Wingfield at the USA Diving National Training Center, and Sean McCarthy of the Indianapolis Starz.
Before coaching at SDSU, Hawley was the assistant diving coach for the University of North Dakota (UND) for two seasons, where he was in charge of running NCAA, High School and Junior diving meets. During this time he revitalized the age group program, and helped plan and build the dry-land training center.
While in college Coach Hawley spent his summers coaching a city recreational team in Lincoln, Nebraska. He worked with more than 30 athletes each summer and won back to back city championships. After the completion of the 2006 season he was offered a spot working for Mirage Entertainment as an aquatic performer, a job he continued through the summer of 2009. During his stint with Mirage, Hawley performed 70 foot (20+ meter) high-dives into 9.5 feet of water. He also did fire dives and comedy routines, taught high diving skills, and coordinated synchronized dives.
Coach Hawley holds certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid/ CPR/ AED, Lifeguard Instructor and is a USA Diving Safety Instructor. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Zach is currently in the process of finishing his Master’s degree in Sport and Recreational Management.
Zach coaches National Team and Human Springs at GISC, KSAC and the Dryland Training Center.
Contact Coach Zach at MDCHawley@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 all levels of diving at KSAC, with occasional appearances at GISC, MLK, and OSC. 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 and marketing materials.
Contact Coach Wes at MDCMattice@gmail.com
Chelsea Ale - Human Springs Coordinator and Super Springs Head Coach
Chelsea Ale has recently returned to the MDC Coaching Staff. After training as an MDC National Team Member, Chelsea began coaching with MDC in 2002. She went to NC State as a scholarship athlete (BA in Sports Management) was manager of the Florida State Diving Team, and graduated with a Masters in Sport Administration from FSU.
As a diver, Chelsea was a Junior World Trials Gold Medalist on Platform in 2002, an ACC Finalist, and a 3-time Master's National Champion. She returns to MDC with broad knowledge of the sport and a wonderful rapport with her divers.
Chelsea will be working primarily at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center this year. She will be taking on the crucial role of Human Springs Coordinator, helping us to create an amazing experience for the Springs at all of our facilities. She will also be dropping in to National Team workouts to provide her considerable insight and expertise to the top divers in the program.
Contact Coach Chelsea at MDCcAle@gmail.com
Andy Ray - Human Springs Coach
Andy Ray is originally from Michigan. He comes to MDC with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Andy dove at Western Kentucky University from 2001-2005, earning All-Conference honors in his Junior and Senior Years. He served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach within the Toronto Blue Jays organization from 2006-2008. He was the Head Diving Coach at the University of Idaho for the 2011 season. While coaching at MDC, Andy is also a graduate student in Energy and Climate Policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Andy joined MDC in September 2011. He spends the majority of his coaching time working with Human Springs Divers at MLK and KSAC.
Contact Coach Andy at AndyRay12@gmail.com
Patrick Meck - Human Springs Coach and National Team Assistant Coach
Patrick Meck has been coaching with MDC since 2005, making him the Senior member of our staff. Through his work with MDC and the MCDL's Potomac Woods Diving Team, Patrick has established a loyal following of divers in Montgomery County. His enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.
Coach Meck actually started diving at 13 years old, competing in the MCDL. He joined MDC as a diver in 2002, and competed through his senior year in high school on the MDC National Team. He went on to compete for the University of Maryland in 2007-2008.
In the MCDL, Patrick coached 3 summers at Westleigh and 4 at Potomac Woods. He is also coaching at Dynamite Gymnastics Center when he's not on the pool deck. Patrick works with National Team and Human Springs at our KSAC and Dryland Training Center locations.
Contact Coach Patrick at Patrick.Meck@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 Trainign Center ches in Indianapolis as well as the top coaches at City of Midland, Texas. His enthusiasm and desire for improvement are infectious, and we are very happy to welcome him onto the staff. You can find Noah coaching at Olney, MLK and KSAC.
Contact Coach Noah at MDCEhrenberg@gmail.com.
Tim Tolino - Human Springs Coach
Tim Tolino recently completed his NCAA diving career at the University of Maryland, and is now a Human Springs 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.
Contact Coach Tim at Ttolino@terpmail.umd.edu
Caroline Baker - Human Springs Coach
Caroline Baker joined MDC's coaching staff in the Fall of 2012 as well, and we absolutely LOVE her! She works with the Human Springs up at Germantown, and she does a wonderful job. Caroline had an extensive background in gymnastics, then converted to diving and became a standout student-athlete for Towson University's Diving program. Outside of the pool, she is an elementary school teacher. During the summer she coaches the Frederick Area Divers as well. She is amazing with kids, and we couldn't be happier to have her on the staff.
Contact Coach Caroline at CarolineBaker2@comcast.net
Kevin Burke - Human Springs Team Coach
Kevin Burke is a legendary MDC Diver and Coach who finally returned to the fold in Winter 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 firstname.lastname@example.org