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). In 2012, 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. She also won conference titles on both one-meter and three-meter as a senior. Han was a four-time All-Mountain West Conference selection, and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Diver while at New Mexico. Han's diving accomplishments include Semi-Finaling at the 2016 Olympic Trials, competing at the 2013 and 2015 World Championship Trials, and finaling at two separate USA Diving National Championships (one-meter in 2011, three-meter in 2012). 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.

 

Tyler Knorpp

Asst. Coach

 

Elliot Littman

Learn to Dive/Beginner Coach

Littman dove competitively for Kalamazoo College for 3 years (2011-2014).  While at K, he made All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association team 3 years in a row, was conference champion on both 1m and 3m boards his junior year and was awarded Most Valuable Diver that same year.  Littman also qualified and competed at the NCAA Division III National championship meet 2 years in a row (2013 & 2014).

Before college, Littman dove for Berkley High School finishing 2nd at MHSAA state meet his senior year (2011) and being elected All-American.  He also attended U-M diving summer camps and dove for Club Wolverine.

Prior to coming to Club Wolverine, Littman received his B.A in Biology at Kalamazoo College and helped assistant coach at West Michigan Diving Academy in Kalamazoo.

 

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. 

 

Dani Vanderzwaag

Substitute Learn to Dive Coach

 

 

 

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