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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.

Cari Reiswig

coachcari@santaclaradiving.com

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Cari Reiswig is a San Jose State student-athlete, who has been coaching for the previous three years. In her own athletic career, Cari made the common switch from gymnastics to diving in the beginning of her junior year of high school. Since her first jump in (nose plugged and screaming), she fell in love with the sport. A native to California, Cari was recruited by SJSU to be a part of their team in 2014. In 2016, Cari began coaching at Santa Clara Diving Club, and now runs the High School diving groups. 

At San Jose State, Cari is in her final semester, working toward her BA in Humanities Liberal Arts with a minor in Child & Adolescent Development. The sport of diving has brought Cari a number of opportunities: an education, a chance to explore the world, number of friends and countless teammates, and most importantly perseverance. These are the ideals and beliefs that she hopes to share with the high school divers, interested in bettering their abilities and potentially, continuing with the sport beyond high school. 
 

Recently, Cari ended her own diving career. During which time, she had become a highly distinguished diver within the Mountain West Conference. During her four years, she broke the school records in every diving event, and constantly strove to be the best possible athlete she could. Much of what she has learned as athlete and ultimately as a coach has been informed by those around her: Mark Butcher, SJSU’s diving coach, Logan, Karla and Todd at SCD, and Robert Wimberly at Delta Valley Diving (her first diving coach). She strives to take all of the knowledge she has amassed and continues to gain in order to help further the divers she works with.

 

Collin Pollard

coachcollin@santaclaradiving.com

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Collin Pollard is a recent graduate of USC and was one of the top all-around divers in the Pac-12 Conference. He is an alumni of Santa Clara Diving and is happy to be back coaching.  Collin coaches the lessons groups as well as assists coach Todd with the Junior Olympic program. 

Prior to returning to SCD, Collin was an All-American Diver for the years 2015 and 2016 as well as Pac-12 Diver of the year for 2016. Collin's diving career ended at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials where he placed 13th in the 10 meter platform. 

While at USC, Collin helped coach the Junior Olympic and Masters programs at Trojan Dive club from 2014-2016. He worked closely with coach Hongping Li, adopting many of his philosophies and techniques. During this time Collin learned a lot about the mental aspect of the sport.