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Jean Luc Miralda

Head Coach 

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Coach Jean Luc Miralda reignited MLA Dive in 2017 and joined us as our Head Diving Coach.

Miralda brings to MLA a wealth of local, national and international experience as both an athlete and a coach. During his athletic career, Miralda broke and set numerous records on both 1, 3  and 10 meter events, graduated an NCAA DIII All-American and MIAA Champion. Miralda was also an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Honduran National Diving Team.

Over the last 4 years, Michigan Lakeshore Diving has grown exponentially taking a team of 6 divers in 2017 to just over 80 in 2021. Under his tenure, JL has helped produce over 70 state qualifiers in all high school divisions, multiple pool and conference record holders USA Zone and Jr. National Qualifiers, a D3 Boys State Champion and a 2021 2x NCAA DII National Champion.

Locally, JL has coached varsity teams such as West Ottawa and Holland High and is currently the Assistant Diving Coach at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. On his first year at GV, he assisted leading the largest NCAA pre-qualified team in diving school history. In 2021, GVSU Dive set 3 Conference Event Champions, 2 Conference Divers of the year, 12-All Americans, took 2 National Championships in 1 & 3 Meter (Women) and earned both Women National Diver and Coach of the Year.

 

 

 

Areal Tolsma

Assistant Coach

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Areal joined us for her first season at MLA Dive in 2020.

Coach Areal currently serves as Davenport University's head diving coach and serves as our Lead Coach for our Anchors and Little Anchors, our beginning diving groups! 

In addition, Coach Areal has served as head dive coach at Holland Christian High School Boys Varsity Team since 2017, worked with the HC Middle School teams over the past 5 years, and was Hope College's assistant dive coach during the 2020-2021 season. 

 

 

 

Rebecca Garza 

Assistant Coach

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Becca, joins us for her first year at MLA Dive in 2021. 

Coach Becca comes to us with a wealth of collegiate and high school coaching experience. She currently serves as Hope College's head diving coach where she has produced multiple MIAA Champions, MIAA Most Valuable Divers, and DIII National Qualifiers. 

Before moving towards Hope College, she served as the Grand Rapids Christian Head Diving Coach for both Varsity Boys and Girls from 2014 to 2017. 

 

 

Lauren Plockmeyer

Assistant Coach - Little Anchors

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Lauren, joins us for her first year coaching at MLA Dive in 2022 but is not new to our MLA Dive family. She has been part of our club since 2018!