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 Head Coach: Matt O'Neill

Matt O’Neill began coaching American Flyers in May of 2015, and became a full time AFD Coach in June 2016. Matt began diving at age 11 and was a National Qualifier by age 14. A three time NISCA All-American at Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Matt walked on at West Virginia University before earning a scholarship. While at WVU, O’Neill won dozens of events while setting and resetting both 1m and 3m springboard records.  O’Neill rounded out his diving career finishing as the Big East Conference Runner-Up and on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. Since graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Coaching Education, he has served as an OHSAA, NCAA, ODL, AAU and USA Diving Coach. With a coaching philosophy centered on a balance of fun and hard work, Coach Matt always looks to get the best out of each individual in and out of the pool. In his spare time Matt enjoys hiking, rock climbing and an occasional 5152B. (Matt 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)

 

Assistant Coach: Jayne Malloy


Jayne re-joined the American Flyers team in 2011. Jayne started diving when she was nine through a local recreation program in Rocky River. As the American Flyers moved to the Solon area, Jayne and her family also happened to move to Solon and thus she become one of the original members of AFD. She continued diving year round through middle and high school, attending USA, AAU, and ODL meets. While at Solon High School, Jayne was a three-time All-American, four-time state qualifier, and still holds both the school and pool records for 6 and 11 dives. Jayne received an athletic scholarship to the University of Akron, where she finished her diving career. While at Akron, Jayne received the honor of Academic All-MAC as well as the Outstanding Senior award. Prior to coaching for the American Flyers, Jayne was also an assistant coach for the Akron Rippers.
Jayne is excited to be back to where she started, with the Flyers. She is confident that the knowledge and skills she has learned from her own career as well as the coaches she dove under will bring even more depth to the already successful program. Jayne graduated in December 2011 with honors with a B.S in Education. Her teaching license is for Intervention Specialist for students with moderate to severe needs. She is always looking for job opportunities!
(Jayne is currently safety certified by USA Diving & the AAU , is certified in first aid and CPR, and is also a certified Lifeguard)

 

 

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