The Montgomery Dive Club has served divers and parents of Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond since 1989. A registered USA and AAU Diving Club, MDC has trained many of the nation's finest springboard and platform divers, producing a long list of State, Regional, Zone and National Champions throughout our history.
But we don't just serve elite level athletes pursuing Olympic Dreams. We also work with absolute beginners, Summer League kids hoping to improve their scores, High School divers looking to hone their list for Metros and adults who are looking for a challenging way to keep in shape.
Our philosophy is to place our athletes' well-being ahead of scores, medals and titles, with a goal of cultivating a genuine passion for the sport of diving and an understanding of the value of perseverance, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior. We treat our athletes with dignity and respect.
There are four organizations involved in Montgomery County's diving programs: Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD), Built by Beavers LLC (B3), the Montgomery Dive Club (MDC), and the MDC Boosters (Boosters).
MCRD owns the pools and operates the Active Montgomery registration. They decide what time we can hold classes, whether or not we can host meets, and the temperature of the air and water in the building.
Built by Beavers is the company hired by MCRD to staff and manage county diving programs. B3 runs www.montgomerydiveclub.org., hires and trains the coaches, coordinates events, rents the Dryland Training Center, provides liability insurance coverage, purchases diving equipment and generally promotes the sport of diving in our area.
MDC is the name of our competitive team. Our divers compete in AAU and USA Diving under the team name Montgomery Dive Club.
MDC Boosters is an independent non-profit organization. Their mission is to promote the amatuer sport of diving in Maryland. The Boosters have been instrumental in the growth of our programs. We encourage you to support them.
Doug Beavers - Program Director
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.
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 Germantown.
Contact Coach Doug at DougB@MontgomeryDiveClub.org
Wesley Mattice - KSAC National Team Coach and Facility Director
Coach Wes joined the MDC staff in September 2011. He 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 join the Whirlwind Dive Team. He dove at Stamford High School 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 Whirlwind, 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. He is a member of the USA Diving Code of Conduct Committee for Zone A and is an active participant in the USA Diving's Annual National Conferences.
Coach Wes is currently on the roster of USA Diving's Junior National Squad coaching staff. Identified as a coach of top national talent, he receives exclusive coach training opportunities from USA Diving as part of this squad. He attended the 2015 Junior Pan Americas in Cuba as a coach. Along with running the National Team out of Kennedy Shriver Aquatics Center Wes performs coach education and the development of curriculum for the lessons and pre-team groups at Montgomery Dive Club.
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, design cool event logos, and create our marketing materials.
Contact Coach Wes at WesM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org
Alex Gauvin - GISC NATIONAL TEAM COACH AND FACILITY DIRECTOR
Coach Alex joined the MDC staff in May 2016. Alex is an experienced coach and diver who comes to MDC after working two years to establish a brand new diving program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has 14 years of diving experience and nine years of coaching experience. Previous to his work at BGSU, Alex was the JO and NCAA assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where he worked under highly respected coach Buck Smith. At EMU Alex developed age-group divers to a National level and was instrumental in building Legacy Diving into a thriving and nationally respected Junior and Senior level diving program. Alex will be working with the National Team Divers at Germantown.
Contact Coach Alex at AlexG@MontgomeryDiveClub.org
Kasey Kinney - Assistant National Team Coach, KSAC
Coach Kinney is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where she competed as an NCAA Division 1 diver for the U.S. Army’s Black Knights. Prior to that, while attending Branford High School in her home state of Connecticut, Kasey led the school’s varsity team as the most valuable diver and team captain. Additionally, in her post graduate year at Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pennsylvania), Kasey once again led the school’s dive team as its most valuable diver and team captain.
Now calling Montgomery County home, Kasey has amassed an impressive portfolio of local coaching appointments. Most recently, she served as head dive coach for both the Academy of the Holy Cross and the Georgetown Preparatory School, as well as the Madeira School in McLean. During the summer months, Kasey can be found coaching the River Falls Dolphins in Potomac.
In addition to her experience as a diver and coach, Kasey comes to MDC with a diversified background that includes military, corporate management and athletic administration experience. As a result, she is highly organized and results oriented, and will serve as a strong role model to MDC’s divers. In her new role with MDC, while coaching at both KSAC and the DTC, Kasey will continue to improve the program's administration and organization while providing strong coaching and support to our divers.
Patrick Meck - Developmental and Dryland COACH, KSAC
Patrick Meck returns to MDC this Fall to run our Human Springs programs and expand our dryland offerings. Patrick is an MDC National Team Alum, a collegiate diver at Maryland, and an accomplished gymnast and trampolinist. He is an experienced gymnastic, trampoline and diving coach with a real knack for helping kids develop a passion for acrobatics. Coach Meck will work primarily at KSAC and the Dryland Training Center.
Contact Coach Patrick at PatrickM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org
Erika Matheis - MDC Biomechanist, KSAC & GISC
Erika Matheis joined the MDC staff in March 2016. She started diving as an age-group diver in upstate New York and was a six-year varsity high school diver. Erika attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she competed under the coaching of Kevin Lawrence. During each of her four years a UNC, Erika was an ACC finalist and competed at the NCAA Zone B Championship. In 2007 she was a member of the ACC Championship team at UNC and she competed at the USA Diving Senior National competition finaling in the women's 3m synchronized springboard event with her partner.
Erika has over 15 years of coaching experience. She began coaching beginner divers on her age-group team in New York. While at UNC, she coached both high school and age-group divers at the Tarheel diving program while earning her degree in Exercise and Sport Science. In 2008-2009 Erika coached the Radford University Diving team. Erika continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. While she studied for her Master's degree, Erika was the head diving coach at the University of Richmond, a Division I school. While at the University of Richmond, Erika was the head coach of Capitol Dive Club, her own age-group program, which produced many successful athletes who went on to attend Division I colleges. After graduating with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in biomechanics, Erika accepted a research position with a spine implant company in the Philadelphia region. While in Philadelphia, Erika was an age-group coach at Centennial Dive Club under head-coach Steve Kuttruff for three years.
In her spare time, Erika enjoys biomechanics and science. She is actively pursuing ways to improve the sports world with quantitative measures. Erika offers classes to athletes and coaches to further their understanding of how anatomy and physics affect performance. With her expertise and experience in biomechanics, she offers a unique perspective to both athletes and coaches.
Ali-Marie Murphy - Program Administrator and COACH of All Levels
Ali joined the MDC staff in the Fall of 2014 after completing her Psychology and Criminal Justice degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. While at GMU she dove for the Patriots under the guidance of nationally recognized coach Dennis Ceppa. In the short time that Ali has been with the program, she has facilitated a tremendous amount of positive change. Her detail-oriented organizational skills have had a broad impact on the club's administration and communication processes.
Contact Coach Ali at AliM@MontgomeryDiveClub.org