Northside Diving Academy Coaching Staff

Head Coach Mike Freese
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Coach Mike has been involved with the US diving world since 1997 when he started training in Ohio with Coach Jen White. That training led him to Western Kentucky University where he captained the Hilltoppers’ dive team to three NCAA Division I Sunbelt Conference Championships   He spent his summers and off-season performing in diving shows. After graduating with a double major in history and social studies, Coach Mike took his two NCAA Scholar Athlete awards and entered the world of full time performance. His passion for the sport led him all over the world to the apex of acrobatics with Cirque du Soleil. In 2013, he took a break from the performance world to join Coach KTM and the Northside ISD family coaching for the UIL programs and AAAD. Still feeling the itch to perform, he followed his dream to China where he helped to create the world's largest live stage water show. In 2017, disillusioned with performing, he sold all his possessions and moved to India. Living in various ashrams, trading work for room and board he studied the mind, breath, and focus through yoga. This led him to Nepal where he built, opened and continues to operate a yoga retreat center. In September 2019 he returned to the US and his job at Cirque du Soleil's “O” only to find the desire to perform had been replaced by a passion to unlock potential in aspiring athletes. His approach to coaching is energetic, immersive and shaped by his unique blend of acrobatics, yoga, and determination.  

Coach Megan Scott
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Coach Megan has over 10 years of coaching experience ranging from lessons to Junior Olympic. She has a decorated history as an athlete both as a Northside ISD athlete but as a collegiate athlete as well. She attended The University of Arkansas in Little Rock on a diving scholarship from 2012-2015 and was selected as the Sunbelt Conference Diver of the week six times. Megan has been an asset to the Northside Diving Academy helping it grow from Aqua-Bats lessons program to competitive Junior Olympic diving club. Megan is a certified UIL Diving judge and meet operator as well as the current lead coach for the Northside Diving Academy's blue and black groups. She recently completed her Bachelors in Sports and Health Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science and is continuing her education with a teaching certification.

  

Northside Aquatics Diving Coordinator Kristin Libardoni
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Kristin Libardoni, aka Coach KTM, has been coaching diving for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a Coaching Minor as well as a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration. She has been with Northside ISD Aquatics for eight years as an Aquatics Coordinator heading up the UIL diving program, creating and implementing the Aqua-Bats Learn to dive program and evolving it into the Northside Diving Academy.  In addition to her coaching duties, her job as an Aquatics Coordinator for Northside ISD involves working with San Antonio Sports bringing and organizing large national championships to our facility giving our aquatics community and athletes the opportunity to watch and even participate in high-level competition. She also works to bring educational opportunities to her athletes by working with the United States Olympic Committee, Southwest Reseach Institute and other local companies on science-related initiatives and projects.  She strives to provide opportunities and environments for others to be inspired to grow and create in capacities that can be applied in and out of the water. Currently, Coach Libardoni is leading the Northside Diving Academy and heading up its order of operations.