Club Wolverine Diving Coaches
 

 

Mike Hilde 

Team Director

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Mike Hilde recently concluded his first season as diving coach at the University of Michigan. He oversees both men's and women's divers. In his first year, Hilde tutored women's diver Carey Chen to an NCAA All-America honor on platform, becoming the women's program's first finalist on any diving discipline at the NCAA Championships in 19 years.

Hilde came to Ann Arbor after three years with the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he was the National/International Team Director and an assistant coach. In Sept. 2014, he served on USA Diving's coaching staff for the 2014 FINA World Junior Championships, held in Penza, Russia. He sports 14 years of experience as both an athlete and coach. With the Mission Viejo Nadadores, Hilde designed training programs and provided technical instruction and guidance to Junior Olympic and Senior-level athletes. Last August, he was named National/International Team Director, serving as Communications Director for the Junior Olympic and Senior programs, while also serving as the team's correspondent to USA Diving. He also formed training schedules and planned travel for national and international competitions. Since 2012, Hilde has additionally served on the Committee of Competitive Excellence within USA Diving. He coached his divers to three top-four finishes at the J.O. National Championships (2011-13) and a top-five finish at the 2013 USA Diving Senior National Diving Championships. In addition, Hilde's divers took first as a team at both the 2013 Age Group National Championships and 2013 Junior Olympic Games. Prior to his appointment in Mission Viejo, Hilde was head diving coach for one season at the University of San Diego (2010-11).

He was an accomplished collegiate diver at the University of Southern California (2004-07), where he was a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier. In his 12 career diving events at the NCAA Championships, Hilde scored in nine of them, including an NCAA All-America honor in 2006 on the three-meter springboard. Prior to USC, Hilde dove for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, where he was mentored by Olympians Hongping Li and Janet Ely. There, he was a five-time J.O. U.S. National champion, six-time U.S. West National champion and qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (three-meter). He graduated from USC in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in public policy, management and planning.

 

Gabby Han

Head Coach

A native of Plainwell, Mich., Han was a standout diver at the University of New Mexico (2009-12). While under the coaching and instruction of former Olympian and University of Michigan graduate Abel Sanchez, she was named Mountain West Women's Diver of the Year, and was also an NCAA All-America honorable mention, finishing 16th on the one-meter springboard. During her collegiate career, Han also won Conference Titles on both one-meter and three-meter as a senior and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Diver. 

Han's USA Diving accomplishments include Semi-Finaling on three-meter at the 2016 Olympic Trials, competing at the 2013 and 2015 World Championship Trials, and finaling in three events at seperate USA Diving National Championships (sychro in 2012, three-meter in 2012 and 2016).

Han comes to Michigan after serving as an assistant coach at Kalamazoo College and with the Western Michigan Diving Association. Prior to that, she was Assistant Coach for the New Mexico Diving Club, and spent one year as a Graduate Assistant Coach at her alma mater.

 

Dani Vanderzwaag

Assistant Coach

VanderZwaag, from Holland, Mich., dove competitively for the University of Michigan for 3 years (2015-2018). While at Michigan, she competed at Big Tens all three years B-finaling on Platform 2 years in a row (2017 & 2018). She also qualified for NCAA Zones 2 years in a row. VanderZwaag was awarded the Coach’s Award her senior year for her hard work and dedication to the sport.

Before college, VanderZwaag dove for West Ottawa High School finishing 1st at MHSAA D1 state meet her junior year (2012) and was elected All-American junior and senior year. She dove for Grand Rapids Diving Club.

VanderZwaag received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan. She plans to work with children who have different disorders and/or disabilities to help them live a more fun and successful life.

 

Madeline Sewell

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

A recent graduate of Michigan State University and a now retired Spartan Diver, Madeline Sewell qualified and competed at the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Diving Championships, qualified all four years for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, and was named a 2017 Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Before joining Club Wolverine she assisted the coach at Spartan Diving Club and spent the last three summers coaching at MSU Dive Camps. Madeline graduated with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and currently works in downtown Ann Arbor at Duo Security.  She love reading, writing, and camping!

 

Grace Murphy

 Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

Grace is an Ann Arbor native and attended Pioneer High School prior to coming to the University of Michigan. She dove at Club Wolverine for three years before diving at Pioneer for four years while being coached by Vickie and Dick Kimball. She competed at the MHSAA state meet her sophomore and senior years of high school. Currently, Grace is currently a sophomore at U-M pursuing a major in Computer Engineering.

 

Dick Kimball

Legendary Coach 

Long time University of Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball has been a mentor to coaches for many years and is a great addition to our staff. He was a five-time Olympic Coach, has coached 5 Olympic gold medalists and 68 National Champions. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985.  In 2002 Michigan dedicated the diving pool in Canham Natatorium to legendary diving coach Dick Kimball, who retired after the season following 43 years of service to the University. 

 

Chris Canning

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Christy Cutshaw

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Collin DeShaw

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Jake Herremans

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Lucy Roberts

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Margaret Rogers

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Nikki Canale

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

Ross Todd

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

 

 

 

 

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