History

Coaches

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Dr. Michele Mitchell
Head Coach from 1989 - 1998

A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Mitchell won medals on the 10-meter platform at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. A Wildcat alumna, Mitchell herself was a member of the University of Arizona Dive Team. During her collegiate career 1979 to 1983, she was a four-time All-American and nine-time U.S. national champion. Mitchell was also a 1985 World FINA Cup champion, finalist for the 1986 Sullivan Award, 1987 Pan American Games champion and a four-time U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year honoree. Mitchell holds the American Record for platform diving with 479.40 points for an eight-dive list. She was inducted into the University of Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.


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José Luis Rocha
Head Coach from 1989 - 1998

Rocha represented México at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. Rocha was born in México City. He attended Auburn University where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving Teams from 1986 to 1989. Rocha was named "an All-American" each of his years at Auburn University, and won the 1987 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Championship on the 1-meter event.



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Mr. A
Assistant Coach from 1993 - 1999

Mr. A is a Two times Olympic diving coach for Puerto Rico. Mr. A Coached at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga with his daughter Vivian Alberty who place 27th-place at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. unfortunately his son Osvaldo Pito Alberty was diagnose with Guillain-Barré Syndrome(GBS) one week after qualifying for the Olympics in Atlanta. This would have been the first Olympic family representing Puerto Rico ever if Pito would have gone. Mr. A also coached at the 2000 Sydney, Australia with Angelique Rodriguez who place 27th-place on springboard and 18th-place on Platform.



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Patrick Jeffrey
Head Coach from 1998 - 1999

A 1988 graduate of Ohio State, Jeffrey was a decorated diver with the Buckeyes and Team USA. He became the only diver to sweep the three NCAA diving titles in 1988 (1-meter, 3-meter, platform), before competing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. His best finish at the Olympics was a ninth-place showing in the platform event in Atlanta. Jeffrey, who is a five-time U.S. National Diving Champion, also owns two Pan American Games platform bronze medals from 1991 and 1995.



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Osvaldo Pito Alberty
Head Coach from 1999 - Present

Head Coach and former Olympic qualifier Osvaldo Pito Alberty heads the Atlantic Diving Team. A highly accomplished diver himself, Pito is passing on his knowledge and experience to a new generation of divers.

Pito has been in the diving business since 1996. He has an amazing enthusiasm for diving and spreads that enthusiasm to everyone around him. In 1995, Pito’s Olympic dream came true when he qualify to represent Puerto Rico at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. But unfortunately one week after qualifying for the Olympics, He was diagnose with Guillain-Barré Syndrome(GBS). He said “When the virus first hit me I didn't know what was happening to me. I felt weak, lost my balance, and then all of a sudden my whole body was paralyzed.” He didn't know what was happening to him, but his parents recognized the signs. This is the second time he had been struck down. The first time he was three years old and was able to recover 100%. But the fire and love that he has for the sport of diving will never burn out. Now he pass his knowledge that he has collected from his coaches and all over the world to the new upcoming divers.

Team BIO

When the Mission Bay Aquatic Center went under years ago, Jose Rocha and Michele Mitchell figured they were done as a diving coach. Many of the former Mission Bay divers transferred to the nears club to train like Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale and others quit altogether because they didn’t want to travel that far. They didn’t have anyone to coach.

But Rocha, a member of the 1984 Mexican Olympic team and Mitchell, a member of the 1984 & 1988 USA Olympic team continued to work thanks to two girls who approached them personally.

“They said, ‘If you leave, we’re gonna quit.’ They weren’t ever going to dive again.” Rocha & Mitchell said “Let’s just coach for fun. A third girl joined the second day, and we had three girls for three months and it started growing from there.” Did it ever.

From dose humble beginnings the Atlantic Diving Team was born.

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