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Todd Spohn

coachtodd@santaclaradiving.com

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Head Coach Todd Spohn has led Santa Clara Diving since 2011.   Todd and his talented staff have established Santa Clara Diving as one of the top clubs in the nation.  Over the last few years, Santa Clara Diving has produced 3 age-group National Champions and numerous Junior National Finalists, as well as Regional and Zone gold medalists.

 
Prior to directing SCD, Todd was Head Coach of the Mission Viejo Nadadores from 2006 to 2011.  Under his leadership, the Nadadores’ national standing rose from 38th up to 4th place at the Junior National Championships.  During the summer of 2011, Todd served as the interim Head Coach for the USA Diving National Training Center in Indianapolis.  During his time at the NTC,  he coached 2016 Olympic Silver-medalist Steel Johnson, 2008 Olympian Thomas Finchum, and National Champions (Junior and Senior) Sarah Bacon, Jordan Windle, and Dashiell Enos.
 

In 1986, Todd began his coaching career at his alma mater, Miami University (Ohio). There, he guided both college and club diving for over 2 decades. Todd was named Mid-American Conference Diving Coach of the Year 11 times. Nine of his divers captured MAC Diver of the Year honors, including 8 who swept the diving events, 2 of whom also earned Miami Athlete of the Year accolades.  In total, Spohn’s divers captured 18 individual MAC titles. In 2016, Todd was inducted into the prestigious Miami University Cradle of Coaches.
 

Spohn earned a Bachelors degree in Communications in 1986, and a Masters degree in Coaching Science in 1993, both from Miami. During his own stellar diving career at Miami, Spohn was a 6-time MAC finalist, and 3-time NCAA Zone Championship qualifier. Spohn competed and medaled internationally at the Pan Pacific Masters Diving Championship. He has also performed as a professional high diver.

Logan Champion

coachlogan@santaclaradiving.com

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Logan has been coaching age group diving in the Northern California area for the past twelve years.  While working with All Valley Divers, an age group program located in Livermore, Logan helped grow the program and turn it into a nationally competitive team.  He helped produce several Junior National finalists, including two Age Group National Champions.  

Logan joined Santa Clara Diving in 2013 as the Developmental Program Director.  He has played and instrumental role in finding young talent and developing them into nationally competitive divers.  He has helped grow Santa Clara Diving, and has created many new and innovative programs.

Logan has been a board member for the Northern California Diving Association for the past seven years.  He created the NorCal Diver of the Year award program, and set up Platform Clinics to give platform access to divers and clubs who otherwise have no access.  In 2013, Logan was awarded the USA Diving Outstanding Achievemnet Award for his work with the Northern California Diving Association.

Logan attended the University of California, Davis, and was named the PCSC Conference Male Diver of the Year award as a freshman.  He has a Bachelors degree in Economics, and a Masters of Business Administration.

 

Karla Helder

coachkarla@santaclaradiving.com

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No stranger to California, she spent 10 years at University California Davis, when it was DII, and trained a National Champion as well as many PCSC Champions.  While working at UCDavis, Karla also was an assistant coach at Diablo Divers in Walnut Creek, and began Kristian Ipsen>
 
When asked what has been the best growth in her past, she would say the year she spent in Venezuela, putting together an age group diving program at the request of the Head of Sports for the state of Anzoátegui.  Karla began book learning Spanish to accommodate the gap she knew would be there as she did not know the language.  Immersion was to be the most effective and fruitful learning tool.  She will also tell you the children are the best teachers and best learners.

Roland King

coachroland@santaclaradiving.com

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Roland comes to us from his Head Coaching position at Tualatin Hlls Dive Club in Oregon where he spent the last three seasons.  Prior to that, he has been the head coach at CSU Northridge, Occidental College and Rose Bowl Diving.
 
During his 30 years of experience, Roland has coached over 400 individuals.  Although he has many high level success stories, including multiple National Champions at the AAU, USA and Collegiate levels, and multiple All Americans at the High School, Junior College, NCAA D3 and NCAA D1 levels, his main objective is for the divers to enjoy themselves and reach their personal goals, whatever they may be.  Roland is very excited to join us here at Santa Clara, and wants to help the program in any way possible.

Eri Tamada

coacheri@santaclaradiving.com

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Eri Competed as a Junior Olympic level gymnast for 15 years and an NCAA Division 1 gymnast for 2 years at San Jose State University, until she transitioned to the SJSU Diving team after sustaining a knee injury. She has competed for SJSU's diving team for the past  3 years and is currently in her fourth year. This is her first year coaching diving but has had 5 years of experience coaching gymnastics. Eri is currently studying Graphic Design and plans on attending nursing school after she graduates. 
 
She is very excited to be a part of this new diving family and looks forward to not only be able to teach but to learn from each individual member of this club!!