Coaches Bio

Kevin B. Mcelheney

CDA Founder /National Team Coach

Kevin has been coaching over 27 plus years. He has coached numerous Kentucky and Ohio High School State Champions and Runner-ups. Kevin was awarded the KHSCA Coach of the year award three consecutive years. Trained under former IU coach and Olympic Coach Dr. Jeff Huber at Indiana University. In 2016 Kevin had 4 divers make the AT&T Junior Nationals where he had two US Diving National Semifinalists. He also had two Senior National divers with one advancing to the National Semifinals on 1 meter springboard.
2017 two AAU National Championships and a bronze medalist.
2017 USA Diving Age Group Nationals 6 divers qualified.
Teagan Moravek 16-18 semi-finalist on both springboards.  Senior National Semi-finalist 1 and 3 meter.
Noah Vigran AAU National Champion 1-&- 3 meter
2017 USA Diving 16th on 3 meter and 5th place on 1 meter.
2018 Teagan Moravek Junior World Trials both 1 and 3 meter.
2018 Winter Senior Nationals Noah Vigran 13th.
2018 Spring Senior Nationals 12th in the Nation on 1 meter.
17/18 Ohio State Meet Boys D2 Champion( new meet record) Noah Vigran and Runner-up Ilya Gerasimchuk.
17/18 Ohio State Meet Girls D1 State Champion and two other female finalists.
Spring 2018 Noah Vigran 12th 1 meter. Kevin has his first Senior National Finalist, Noah Vigran 3 meter.

Charlie Casuto

National Team Coach/ Talent Development (96 Olympic Coach)

With over 47+ years of coaching experience, Charlie Casuto is one of the most renowned Diving Coaches in the Nation. His accolades are long and his resume of accomplishments even longer. The founder of local diving power house, the Cincinnati Stingrays Diving Team, who for over a decade produced Junior, Senior, World and Age Group National Champions and Cincinnati’s only Olympic divers. Charley was Age Group “Coach of the Year” and World Team Coach (81) (89) and The United States OlympicTeam Coach

Charley has coached two NCAA National Champions. He holds the record in Ohio for having the only male and female diver to win the state championship in the same year. With over forty-five High School All-Americans and twenty-five state champions, his success at the local level is unmatched.

Recipient of the prestigious “Who Sam Award” for commitment to excellence and dedication to the highest physical, mental, and spiritual ideals. The award is presented by Dr. Sammy Lee, 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist. (91) Also receiving the “Phillips 66 Award” for excellence in coaching. (91) . Charlie has also been awarded the title of Senior National Coach of the Year. He is a Life Member of United States Diving and currently serves on the Olympic International Committee. 

Nicole Crawford

Team Coach

Nicole has been coaching diving for 6+ years. Nicole has come to CDA from Indiana where she coached Lewis Cass High School. During her tenure she had 3 State Qualifiers. Since joining CDA in 2016 Nicole has had much success. Accepting the position as the Head Diving Coach for Kenton County Schools Nicole had two KHSAA State Qualifiers and the 2017 female State Champion.

 

Tai Sims

National Team Coach/ Talent Development

Tai Sims is a young coach from Michigan. He is a 3rd year member of the University of Cincinnati’s diving team and has been coaching for 4+ years. He started his career coaching Grand Blanc High schools women’s diving program. During his short two year tenure at Grand Blanc he coached one All-American and one All-State diver. He later spent the summer of 2018 in Indianapolis with 2008 Head Olympic Diving coach, John Wingfield training at Ripfest. In 2019, Tai returned home to his home club of Legacy Diving Club, OU branch, and became the coach for their Junior Elite National team. While at Legacy, Tai received experience writing and coaching practices as well as dry land skills, such as pulling belts.

Dylan Porter

Team Coach

Dylan is a 2nd year diver at the University of Cincinnati. He is from Danville, Indiana and is a former Ripfest diver of 7 years with Ripfest coach Chris Zukas (Ben Davis branch). Dylan has also spent a significant amount of time working with other Ripfest coaches including Jimmy Russ and 2008 Head Olympic Diving coach John Wingfield, where he has learned countless coaching techniques including dry land skills and pulling dry belts.

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