The Colorado Springers Diving Club is a newly formed age-group diving team – launched in September 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since our humble beginnings with a few completely novice divers (one of whom was our daughter) in the Colorado College pool, we have quickly developed into the largest and most successful club in Colorado Springs, and have some of the top divers in the state and nation. We are registered with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Diving, the national governing body of diving in the United States, and compete in both AAU and USA Diving competitions.
Head coaches Jim Hocking and Nicole Huber met in 1998 while coaching at the University of Texas diving camp, and have been coaching together on and off ever since. Between the two of them, they bring a substantial amount of both diving and coaching experience at the age-group, collegiate, and elite levels of the sport. Their goal is to teach the sport of diving through a professional and positive coaching environment, from the beginner to the elite level. The emphasis at all levels is on safe and sound diving fundamentals, which is achieved through a combination of age and skill-appropriate dry-land strength and conditioning and kinesthetic exercises, in addition to the time spent in the pool. As well, the coaches offer assistance in goal-setting, and design individualized training plans to help athletes meet their individual goals.
Coach Jim Hocking
Coach Jim Hocking is a graduate of California State University – Chico, where he was an NCAA All-American diver. After graduating from college, Jim served as the head diving coach at CSU – Chico, the University of Nebraska, and, more recently, the assistant diving coach at Colorado College. He has also coached several age-group diving clubs, including the Chico State Divers, Nebraska Diving, and H2O Diving.
Some of Jim’s coaching highlights are listed below.
Head Diving Coach, CSU – Chico:
- 6-Time Conference Diving Coach of the Year
- NCAA Diving Coach of the Year
- Coached numerous conference champions
- Coached numerous NCAA All-Americans
- Coached NCAA National Champion
Head Diving Coach, University of Nebraska:
- 8-Time Conference Diving Coach of the Year
- Coached numerous conference champions
- Coached numerous NCAA All-Americans
- Coached numerous age-group national finalists and high school state champions
- Served as USA National Team Coach for the United States at the World Championships in Rome, Italy; FINA Grand Prix Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand; and the World University Games in Mallorca, Spain
Assistant Diving Coach, Colorado College:
- Coached 4-Time NCAA All-American
In addition to coaching, Jim enjoys playing guitar, fly-fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Coach Nicole Huber
Nicole Huber is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was an NCAA All-American and Academic All-American diver despite the fact that she never dove before college. After college, she went on to earn a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science while coaching high school diving and beginning an age-group diving team, the Northampton Diving Club, in Western Massachusetts. She has also served as the Assistant Diving Coach at Smith College and coached at the University of Texas and U.S. Air Force Academy diving camps. Along with Coach Jim Hocking, she co-founded H2O Diving in Lincoln, Nebraska, and coached numerous divers to age-group zones and nationals.
In addition to running the Colorado Springers, she is a full-time faculty member in the Biology Department at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Additionally, she is the girls’ dive coach at Palmer High School – her alma mater.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys gardening in the summer, skiing in the winter, and spending time with her family during all seasons.
Coach Josh Kinney
Josh Kinney was born in Colorado Springs and was in the first graduating class at Pine Creek High School. He received a Marketing degree from UCCS and later a master’s in Secondary Education, and teaches Engineering at Discovery Canyon High School. He has coached multiple District 20 boy’s and girl’s dive teams the last 10 years and has had several top 10 state finishers. He is currently the Discovery Canyon girl’s coach, where he coached the 2019 3A Girl’s State Champion, and has been coaching with the Springers since the start of the club.
When not coaching and teaching, Josh enjoys snowshoeing, skiing, climbing 14ers, and traveling with his wife.
Coach Mary Rose Donahue
Mary Rose Donahue is a graduate of Colorado College, with a major in English Literature and minor in both Education and Film Studies. She will be completing Colorado College’s Masters of Arts in Teaching from June 2018 until July 2019, while student teaching at Coronado High School. Mary Rose began her journey as a diver after being a competitive gymnast until the 8th grade. After swimming competitively for both club and high school for two years, the boards looked much more appealing and she began competing at both the high school and club levels her sophomore year of high school. She was a three time Illinois state and AAU national competitor in high school, a four time NCAA Division III Regional qualifier and Scholar All-American. She holds every pool and school record at Colorado College on the one and three-meter boards. In her hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois, she has been the head coach of the Lake Forest Club’s diving program, assistant coach of the Patriot Aquatic Club’s diving program, and has assisted in coaching the Colorado College Diving team.
When not coaching, Mary Rose can be found playing violin in the CC Symphony orchestra, working as the student paraprofessional in the CC English department, and backpacking and whitewater rafting across the Southwest.
Coach Avery Dinnel
Avery Dinnel is a graduate of Pine Creek High School and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, where she is a member of the National Honors Society and a member of Pi beta Phi. After doing gymnastics for 14 years, she started diving her freshman year at Pine Creek High School. At Pine Creek, she was the team captain all four years and MVP in 2017. She was a 4x finalist at league championships, a 3x state qualifier, and also competed in USA Diving competitions. She started diving with Colorado Springers her junior year, and dove at the NCAA Division I level at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley the fall of her freshman year before moving back to Colorado Springs. As captain and assistant coach at Pine Creek, Avery lead many divers to state throughout her four years.
In her free time, she can be found training for a half marathon. She also loves crossfit, yoga, and Nicholas Sparks books.
Coach Dylan Apicello
Dylan Apicello is a graduate of Pine Creek High School and is currently a student at Pikes Peak Community College, pursing a degree in business. Dylan started diving his sophomore year of high school and by his senior year, was the league champion, CSML (Colorado Springs Metro League) diver of the year, and a 2x state qualifier. He served as team captain and helped coach his teammates during his last two years on the Pine Creek dive team. In addition to coaching with the Colorado Springers, Dylan is the head dive coach at Coronado High School, where in his first season coaching, he had multiple athletes place in the top 10 at the CSML Championships.
Outside of diving Dylan enjoys hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and camping.