Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff
Sean McCarthy Coach of IUPUI Elite Club

Sean McCarthy began coaching in 1992.  In Northwest Indiana, Sean founded Rare Form Diving. Rare Form Diving created a first ever Northwest Indiana network of diving influence at multiple venues.  The program hosted sessions at various locations that included Lake Central, Highland, and Merrillville High Schools.  This system of community integration of diving interests was soon to become the method of the world recognized USA Diving Regional then National Training Centers of Indiana.

Sean served as the General Chairperson of the Indiana Diving Association from 2000 - 2014, as USA Diving Grassroots Subcommittee Member from 2004 – 2008, USA Diving Grassroots Chairperson from 2008 - 2012, as USA Diving Junior Subcommittee Chairperson 2012 - 2016, USA Diving Committee of Competitive Excellence from Oct 2016 – Dec 2016, USA Diving Interim High Performance Director from Jan 2017 – Sept 2017, USA Diving CCE Chair again from Oct 2017 – Present, as Head Diving Coach for Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis 2012 - 2014, as Executive Director of the Indiana International School of Diving 2013 - Present, as CEO and founder of Dive Tech, Inc. 2013 – Present, as Head Elite Coach of IUPUI International Training Center 2014 – Present.  Sean has served also as AAU Indiana Diving Association Chairperson from 2005 – Present.

Sean began work in Indianapolis in the fall of 2000 as Director of Satellite Programs, as well as head coach for his own club teams - including the IUPUI Natatorium Program.  He now is the Head Diving Coach of elite club diving at IUPUI.  Sean has managed and/or developed Coaches’ Continuing Education Programs for over 15 Indiana communities since 2000.   

While representing Division 1 IUPUI University as the Head Diving Coach in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons – Sean garnishing a Conference Champion and “Diver of the Year” in Sophmore men’s diver and 2 freshman girls scoring in the finals “Top 8” at the Summit League Conference Championships. 

Having instructed a steady field of junior national finalists and dozens of champions in the USA, Sean has also qualified athletes for and coached at 11 international FINA Junior championship meets - producing junior international top 6 finalists in 25 of 29 represented events - including an international platform silver medalist at the FINA Championship Meet in Lund, Sweden - 2005, a 1 meter springboard bronze medalist at the FINA International British Championships in Sheffield, England - 2007, a two-time Gold Medalist at the FINA Junior Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico - 2007, a platform Bronze Medalist at the FINA International British Championships in Leeds, England – 2008, 2010 - Finalist in the first Junior Youth Olympic Games Trials - Guadalajara, Mexico, a Junior Worlds Finalist in 2012 - Australia, 2013 Junior Pan Am Gold Medalist – Tucson, Arizona – Finalist in girls 3m event at Junior Pan American Games in Mantanzas, Cuba, 2015 – Finalist in 3m and platform events at Junior Pan Ams in Victoria, Canada, in 2017 – Medalist in 3m (Bronze) and Platform (Silver) in Dresden, Germany, 2018 International Invite – Finalist in 1m and 3m springboard events at the 2018 Junior World Championships, Kyiv, Ukraine.  

At the Senior Level, Sean has coached Senior Olympian from Rio 2016 Games to National Title in Dec 2016, Finalist spot in FINA World Series event in Feb, 2017 in women’s Synchro, Silver Medal in Women’s Synchro Nationals 2017, Finalist spot in 2017 USA Diving National Championships, Finalist spot in 2018 USA Diving National Championships, Bronze Medalist in FINA Grand Prix Bolzano, Italy 2018, Medalist in FINA Grand Prix Madrid, Spain 2018.

Sean now coaches diving full time, designs lesson systems and educational resources for the various venues of the Indiana International School of Diving and leads the Committee of Competitive Excellence of USA Diving. 

Having developed the USA Diving Future Champions diving format for USA Diving, Sean continues to influence the greater hope of the USA Diving movement to bring diving to every community, produce champions in the sport of life, and put a smile on every child's face through the awesome sport of diving.

Jill Eakright Coach of Fort Wayne Club

Jill has worked the past 24 years as an Elementary Physical Education Teacher for Northwest Allen County Schools.

She was very active in volleyball, basketball and tennis during high school earning an athletic blanket award. She was introduced to swimming and diving at a young age and competed for Avalon in the Fort Wayne summer league for 11 years.

Jill has developed the Homestead High School dive team for the past 23 years. Homestead has qualified divers to state every year with 4 state Champions and 2 runner-ups.  11 Homestead divers have moved on to compete at the college level from D1-D3.

As a club coach in Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne divers have qualified to USA Divng Nationals every year earning 5 medals.

Jill cares deeply for her divers.  She loves mentoring them and seeing them grow into healthy young adults physically, mentally and emotionally.  She is able to coach and develop all levels of diving talent and knows how to work with the individual differences of each diver.

Jill has been happily married for 25 years to Craig.  They have 2 beautiful daughters, Shae and Paige.

Jill is excited to work for IISD.  She feels very blessed to be surrounded by a team of talented coaches who all work together to bring diving to Indiana communities. 


Bob Burns Coach of Northridge Club

Beginning his 10th year as Head Coach of Diving at Northridge High School and Middlebury Communities Schools.


Bob has coached High School diving in the Northern Indiana area for nearly 20 years, also developing community wide age group diving programs through our organization for 13 years as a Head Club Coach.  


He has coached numerous High School finalists at the Conference, Sectional, Regional and State level, as well as High School Champions at the Conference, Sectional, Regional, and State Championships; and revels in the historic achievements of his athletes throughout the years in our local diving community. 


Bob has developed USA Diving Junior competitors on springboard, synchro-springboard, and platform, and has produced USAD Zone as well as Junior and Senior National Qualifiers on 1 & 3 meter.


As an elected representative of the Indiana Diving Association of USAD, Bob has served our wider diving communities in the state for over a decade.


Bob is certified and/or trained in Rope Spotting, Hand Spotting, and USAD Arial Training to ensure the safe progressional success of the athletes under his care.


“I am pleased to continue serving as a positive and ethical emissary of our sport and further develop our communities’ athletes giving them the opportunities to succeed in sport and in life.”

David McKown Coach of University of Indianapolis

David grew up right here in Indianapolis, Indiana, right outside the town of Fishers.  Ever since his first “jack-knife” off the public pool boards, he was hooked on diving.  At age 11, he began diving with the Indianapolis Starz located in downtown Indy.  Junior Olympic club diving was a large thrill of his teenage career, making plenty of junior national competitions and unforgettable friendships.  

David was a Park Tudor Panther his freshmen and sophomore year of high school, and a Lawrence North Wildcat his junior and senior year.  All four years qualifying for the IHSAA Boys State meet.  After graduating high school in 2005, Miami University recruited David to dive in the Division I MAC conference.  In 2006, the Miami Redhawks Men’s Swimming and Diving Team won a MAC conference title after years of drought.  David retired from the sport in 2007 and graduated with a degree in psychology from Miami University in 2010.  

Diving was resurrected in David’s life when he began coaching for his Alma Mater Park Tudor High School in the fall of 2010, qualifying his only diver Elliot Cecil to his first state meet as a freshman.  Club coaching sparked, with an inspiring mentor and great friend, in spring of the next year with Sean McCarthy at IUPUI.  Soon after, North Central High School hired David to assume their head diving coach position.  The North Central Starz…now North Central IISD had its debut January 9th of 2012.  A little over two years of existence, and NC IISD has attained one high school state championship, four top three state performances, nine regional gold medals (six won in the most recent junior spring regional), six national qualifiers, five summer national finalists (all five were in the most recent 2013 summer nationals in Minnesota), and one junior elite squad member.  

Early success has led David to believe passion and exuberance are key tools to igniting inspiration in these young athletes!  It also helps that he describes himself as still being a kid…loving to be silly and playful while staying on task!  “Being a full-time coach means never having to ‘work’ a day in your life.  I eat, drink, and sleep diving.  You can call it obsessive; I’ll call it passionate.  These kids deserve it.”  

Corey Cole Coach of Pendleton
Brad Whited Coach of Centerville & Richmond Club
Board of Directors
Sean McCarthy Executive Director
Bob Burns Secretary
Jill Eakright President
Shawn Sollenberger At Large
Brad Whited At Large