Owner & Head Coach: Marc Cahalane


Marc began diving as a freshman in high school in Ohio then earned a 4-year diving scholarship to Ohio University in Athens, OH. He graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Fine Arts. He then spent three years diving professionally at Sea World of Ohio in a high dive stunt show.
In September 2007, he was honored to take over the American Flyers Diving Club and continue the tradition of excellence here. His family moved from Colorado back to his home in the Northeast Ohio area where he began his coaching experience. Before moving to Colorado, he coached for Glen Oak High School in Canton and Nordonia High School in Macedonia. He also worked with the American Flyers Diving Team for one year and coached gymnastics at Gymnastics of Ohio in North Canton. As well as being owner and head coach of The Flyers, he is currently coaching several area high schools including: Solon, Aurora, Twinsburg, Chagrin Falls, Nordonia, and Garfield Heights. During the three years in Colorado, he coached with the Mile High Dive Club in the Denver area, the CU-Boulder club diving team, various high school teams (including: Boulder, Fairview, Columbine, Dakota Ridge, Chatfield, and Summit) and his own club diving team in Boulder, the Flatirons Diving Club. He has coached diving continuously since 1996 at the high school, collegiate, and club (USA Diving and AAU) levels in Ohio and Colorado. (Marc is currently safety certified by the USA Diving and the AAU Sports organizations and current in first aid and CPR)

Since taking over the American Flyers in 2007, we have had numerous successes at all ages & levels. Some basic milestones include:

  • At the State level -  finalists, podium, medalists & champions. 
  • At the USA age group level; Nationally ranked, medal winning, internationally competitive & Team USA divers. Of which we have been honored to have 2 USA National Champions, 2 divers earning a rare & coveted spot as USA diving Jr. National Squad members for Team USA and a 2015 Jr. Pan American athlete.

 

Assistant Coach: Curtis Roden

Curtis Roden begin his athletic career as a gymnast when he was five, 9 years before he began formal diving training. During high school, Curtis was a 3 year letter winning diver and a national competitor in gymnastics. He earned a 4-year diving scholarship to Cleveland State University. He graduated May 2019 with a B.S. in Health Sciences. Curtis spent his first 4 years of coaching as a gymnastics coach in North Canton, Ohio, and has transitioned to being a diving coach full-time. In his free time he enjoys a daily front flip, creating music, and spending time on wheels. (Curtis is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU and is certified in first aid and CPR)

 

Assistant Coach: Daniel Miller


Daniel has been coaching with American Flyers Diving since 2009. Dan started diving in high school, and has trained under Ron Kontura and Marc Cahalane. He was a 4 year letter winner, team captain, and conference MVP. Dan has also competed at the NCAA Division 1 level. His coaching résumé includes head coach and assistant coaching experience at the high school level in diving as well as track and field and junior elite level baseball and basketball.
 In Dan’s first year with the American Flyers, he helped guide 9 athletes to the Ohio State Championship Meet (the most in the club’s history), 15 district qualifiers, a conference champion, multiple division champions, a sectional, district and state champion, a district and state runner-up.
What Dan enjoys most about coaching is seeing kids progress in ability, both physical and mental. He likes to see kids set and achieve goals that they may have originally never thought possible. One of his personal goals for high school athletes is to help them receive scholarships for diving at the collegiate level. Dan also created the AFD facebook page and blog page, where regular updates from meet results, practice changes, awards earned by divers, etc. are posted. Dan’s educational background is in kinesiology and professional background has been in sales and marketing as well as coaching. In his free time he enjoys reading, going to sporting events and playing with his two dogs, Bailey & Sheba. He is also an instructor for Nordonia High School’s marching band. Dan recently got married in October, 2011. (Dan is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU and is certified in first aid and CPR)

 

Team Manager: Christine Keating

Christine Keating got involved in the sport of diving when her son began diving at the age of 5. Not a lover of "ball" sports, she fell in love with this sport because it most closely matched her background of dance. She has really enjoyed learning everything there is to know about the sport from the day to day grind to working on deck at nationally recognized competitions to include mulitple USA Diving National Championships as well as AAU National Championships. She enjoys working with the coaches and parents on a day-to-day basis in addition to working with USA Diving, AAU Diving, OHSAA, Ohio Diving League and Lake Erie Diving Association as well as our many facilities throughout the year. She does everything but coach for the team. She facilitates all the communications, registration, billing, travel plans, facilities, scheduling... if you can think of it, she probably does it. Always feel free to reach out to her by cell/text 330.261.2186 or email afdtravelteam@gmail.com.

 

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