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.

Joey Svatba

Team Coach

Joey has been coaching beginner to elite diving skills for 5+ years. He has coached high school/ middle school diving(st. Henry/Campbell county), summer club (Newport 5 years), and club coaching at Tristate Diving, Cincinnati Diving Academy and Ripfest Cincinnati. Joey is an experienced Dry land specialists who has trained with Steve Voellmecke on pulling ropes. He is excited to join the Ripfest family!

Nicole Crawford

Team Coach

Nicole has been coaching diving for 5+ 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.


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