San Diego State Dive Club is a new Springboard and Platform Diving team in San Diego
Head Coaches Roland McDonald and Dennis Taylor have 63 years of combined coaching expertise.
Roland and Dennis have complementary styles of coaching that will enrich the diving experience for every diver at all levels
Our desire is to create a dynamic learning enviroment, based on professional and caring attitudes and State of the Art Technology
During his tenure at George Mason, McDonald was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) diving Coach of the Year on three occasions (2005, 2006, 2010) and had a total of 29 of his divers qualify for the Zone "A" Championships. Three of his female divers earned CAA Diver of the Year honors and three were named the league's Rookie Diver of the Year.
Last season McDonald coached sophomore Kristen Meier, who was named the CAA Diver of the Year after capturing both the one-and three-meter titles at the conference championships. Meier went on to compete a the Zone "A" Diving Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events.
McDonald, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, attended Clemson University from 1981-83, before obtaining his degree in chemical physics from Michigan State University in 1987. He was a Big Ten Conference finalist, an NCAA national finalist and was named Michigan State's MVP in 1986.
In over 25 years of coaching, McDonald has earned much respect, especially in the local area as reflected by his selection for numerous prestigious coaching assignments. Prior to his arrival at George Mason, McDonald worked at the Montgomery Dive Club, where he was employed as an assistant dive coach for a national top-10 program. In addition to assisting with the on-deck coaching of children from ages 5 to 18, the program also consisted of top senior athletes training toward the goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials.
McDonald also served as the head dive coach at the SuperNova Dive Club from 1996-97.
Prior to working with SuperNova, McDonald served as assistant dive coach at the Northern Virginia Dive Club where he helped boost the club to nationally-ranked status for the first time. Prior to his arrival at NVDC, the program had never achieved a top-20 ranking.
Dennis started coaching in 1972 at East LA Jr. College. and has served in the following positons
Head Diving Coach UCLA 1978 to 1982
Rose Bowl Aquatics
4 time USA National Team Coach
U.S.A Olympic Festival Coach
FINA Certified Judge / NCAA Judge / Life member USA Diving
2011 Official Invited Judge U.S.Senior Winter Nationals University of Iowa and
U.S.Senior Summer Nationals UCLA 2011 Winter Nationals University Tennessee
2012 U.S.Senior Nationals North Carolina
Most recently Dennis has been the coach for Taylor Made Divers in San Marcos Calif.
Since 1996 TMD has produced 3 USA National Team members with 1 diver competing in the 2006 World Championship, with a 7th place finish, and a 1st place finish in England at the British Jr. Elite Championships. 35 CIF San Diego High School Champions , numerous USA Jr. and Senior National Qualifiers . as well as 6 AAU National Champions
Dennis takes pride in the divers who have left to continue the sport in college and the divers who now have families and careers who cherish their diving moments.
2010 was a great year. Josh Urnezis to West Point----Corey Cowger, University of Kentucky---Ashley Faure University of Hawaii---Lauren Dunn, senior, University of Alabama---Megan Proehl graduted from the University of Kansas after competing in NCAA Championships
2012 Luke James UNLV Alli Gill and Ashley Stott SDSU
2013 Keyka Linehard BYU
Dennis welcomes parents who wish to learn about and love the sport
San Diego State University
2 one meter boards , 2 three meter boards, hot tub. Dryland room with Dryboard & spotting belts, Trampoline with spotting belts, Double Mini Trampoline and advanced video / Dartfish equipment.
Del Norte High School
Brand new pool with 2 one meter boards / free parking. In 4S Ranch Hot tub Free parking