Our Coaches

Jack Perkins - Founder and Volunteer Head Coach

Jack started the Mile High Dive Club in 1998. He has been coaching diving since 1992, and formerly coached with the Northern Virginia Dive Club, which ranked as one of the top-ten Junior Olympic programs in the nation at the time. Jack has extensive experience coaching at all levels, from beginners through elite, including several Junior National Champions, Senior National Qualifiers, Olympic trials qualifiers and a Junior Worlds qualifier. Formerly the Division 1 coach at the University of Denver, Jack is the MHDC Founder and Head Coach. He earned a BA in East Asian Philosophy and Religious Studies from George Mason University and a MBA from the University of Denver.  Along with volunteering his time at MHDC, Jack is very active with USA Diving where he currently holds the postion of Treasurer on the Board of Directors.  He served on the governance committee from 2009-2012, has served on the finance committee since 2007, was the Junior Rules Subcommittee Chairperson and has been the Rocky Mountain Diving Association Chairperson since 2000 and was a member of the 2013 Competitive Calendar and Rules Restructuring workgroups.


Jenn Hess - Club Director and Head Coach 

Jennifer dived with the Mile High Dive Club for five years before competing for the University of Arizona.  She completed both a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry as well as a Masters of Art in Bilingual Education during her five years diving for Arizona. She taught Kindergarten Spanish and worked as LAP instructor for non-native English speaking 3rd and 4th graders.  She also coached for Tucson Dive Team for three years before returning to Colorado and the Mile High Dive Club.  Jenn has a true passion for working with children and seeing them grow as both an individual and as an athlete.  Jenn has had the opportunity to help develop divers who have been selected for the USA National Team, gone on to represent the USA at various international competitions as well as Olympic Trails, and has aided in securing college scholarships for countless divers.  In her free time, Jenn is an avid skier and loves to travel.


Troy Birdsall - Office Administrator and Junior Olympic Coach

Troy comes to MHDC from Morgantown, WV where he earned a Master of Science degree in Coaching and Sport Education. He was also the graduate assistant for the West Virginia University Swimming and Diving program for the 2017-18 & 2018-19 competitive seasons. During his time at WVU, Troy aided in day-to-day coaching division 1 divers, meet management, prospective-student-athlete recruitment, practice planning, student-athlete time management. For the two years at WVU, Troy contributed to coaching 18 NCAA Zone qualifying athletes and 9 zone finalists. He was also the assistant coach for the West Virginia Diving Club. Prior to West Virginia University, Birdsall was a three-time NCAA Zone finalist diver at the University at Buffalo and two-time medalist in the Mid Atlantic Conference from 2014-17.


Sal Strack- Stength and Conditioning Coach

Sal comes to us from San Diego where he worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for San Diego State University for six years.  He has specialized experience in the foundational movements and sport specific training unique to divers.  Sal’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is one presentation away from earning his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.  He has made a significant impact on the strength levels, overall lifting technique, and recovery periods for our program.  The kids have seen major gains in overall muscular strength and a decrease in injury.  Sal has a strong focus geared towards working with the team on prehab movements as well as following through with them on rehabilitative exercises.  We are very fortunate to have Sal as a member of our team!


Andrew Hull- Junior Olympic Coach

Andrew grew up in Denver, CO and dove for East High School. He was awarded Colorado diver of the year in 2012. He dove for Indiana University from 2012-2014 and for the University of Iowa from 2015-2016. In 2014 he placed 3rd at the NCAA Zone championship meet. That following summer, he placed 4th in the USA Diving senior national championships in 2013 and 2014 in the synchronized 10-meter event, and 12th in the individual 10-meter event in 2014. He completed his degree in Human Physiology in December of 2016 and was the assistant diving coach for the University of Iowa during the 2016-2017 NCAA season.



Drew Germain - Junior Olympic Coach

Drew comes to MHDC from Minnesota where he competed at the junior level for 6 years before joining the University of North Dakota’s diving program.  In his two years as an athlete, Drew completed his Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship and has since started his final year of his Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.  Drew has had the opportunity to compete with multiple clubs and coaches in Minnesota and North Dakota and is excited to start coaching in Colorado.  In the past, Drew has taught the diving courses at a local YMCA, coached the high school program in Grand Forks ND, and assisted his college team with diving camps.



Drew Brown - Junior Olympic Coach

Drew dived with MHDC prior to earning a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he was a 7-time finalist at Big Ten Conference.  Drew was Big Ten Conference runner up in 2011 on the 3 meter, set a school record and was a three-time All-American for Minnesota.  He also is the University record holder on the platform as well as the 3 meter and is ranked second all time on the 1m.  Before starting college, Drew competed for the United States in Shanghai, China as well as earning a spot on the USA National Team for the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.  In Bangkok, he competed 3-meter synchronized with teammate Sean Moore and finished sixth.  He was also part of the bronze medal USA team in Bangkok.  Drew finished eighth in the overall men’s competition at the 2008 Kaiser Permanente National Championships in Pasadena where he placed second on the 10-meter platform synchro event took 10th on the 10-meter and third in the 3-meter synchro competition.  He finaled at many Senior US Nationals events on tower and synchronized tower which lead him to qualify for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. He is an incredible asset to the program and we are very lucky to have him!  


Alex Morgan - Junior Olympic Coach 

Alex comes to us from Dyer, Indiana. He started diving for the first time for my high school as a freshman, and later for IISD in Indiana with Rafael Alvarez and Sean McCarthy.  He committed to dive collegiately at the University of Denver and is currently studying International Business.  Alex loves learning new dives.  We feel Alex is the perfect fit for helping new divers get involved as well as having the knowledge to benefit experienced divers too.  We are excited to have Alex as a coach with our club!




Allison Thomas - Junior Olympic Coach

Allison grew up in Kansas and dove for 12 years before coaching with Kansas Diving. As a USA Diving club diver, she competed in eleven national championship meets and was the 2012 Kansas 6A state champion in high school. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Sports Management degree in May and worked with the Kansas Women’s Swimming and Diving team as their student Sport Information Director. Allison coached with a summer league for 5 separate summers as well as with a USA Diving club team since 2015. She is passionate about diving and loves to encourage people to challenge themselves in the sport!



Charlotte Cecil - Junior Olympic Coach

Charlotte grew up in Michigan where she was started diving in middle school with Legacy Diving.  Her high school & club coaches helped her excel quickly and in her Senior year she achieved 25th All American Diver! Charlotte attended Western Kentucky University where she competed in the Sunbelt Conference and captained her team to the Conference Championship in 2008.  Since high school, Charlotte has coached divers as individuals, then coached a club in Nashville, TN; Middle Tennessee Diving Program.  Charlotte has a passion and enthusiasm for diving, especially coaching beginner divers of all ages!  After observing Charlotte's coaching style, it is obvious she is energetic and loves working with her athletes.  She is also passionate about her day-job at CenturyLink, but still loves to make coaching a priority!  Broomfield is where Charlotte resides with her large Great Dane, Ava, and tiny cat, Petra. 


Hayley Emerick - Junior Olympic Coach

Hayley was born and raised in South Texas and started diving in middle school with Alamo Area Aquatics.  As a senior in High School she won the 2007 State 4A Diving Championship.  After High School, Hayley went on to dive at Trinity University in San Antonio where she became the 2010 Division III NCAA 3-Meter Diving National Champion.  She still holds the NCAA 3-Meter record from that performance.  She was also a seven-time conference champion in the 1-Meter and 3-Meter events, and was named as the conference diver of the year 4 times.  After graduation, Hayley was nominated and became a finalist for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award.  Hayley moved to Colorado in 2015 where she met her now husband Brian.  They currently live in Centennial with their dog Penny.  In their spare time, Hayley and Brian love to workout, ski, eat and travel.


Vivian Mroz - Junior Olympic Coach

Vivian was born and raised in Denver, CO. She moved to Bronxville NY Where she started in high school diving at Bronxville High School. She qualified for New York Swimming and Diving State Meet her Senior year. Vivian continued her diving career for another 4 years in Buffalo, NY at Canisius College. At Canisius she was a four-year Division I Diver, placing in the top 3 every year at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. Vivian is also a two-time NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier, the first female diver ever to qualify from Canisius. She also holds both the 1 and 3-meter springboard records at Canisius College. She spent her summers coaching country club diving for the past 6 years. Since graduation in May 2019, Vivian has moved home to Colorado. 


Harrison Jones- Junior Olympic Coach 

Harrison started diving when he was 10 years old in Texas at the Woodlands.  He competed at the National and International level throughout his caeer.  Harrison dived and graduated from ASU.   He was a multi-time NCAA all-American and was a member of the World Cup team for the USA.  He moved to Colorado and started training with Mile High in 2015 with his brother, Hayden.  As a result of that, in 2016 they won Synchro Nationals and placed 5th at the Olympic Trials.  After Olympic Trials, he returned to performing in dive shows across the globe.  Harrison is passionate about diving and loves diving whether it be competing, doing shows, or coaching.


Jeny Fernandez - Junior Olympic Coach

Jeniffer comes to us after growing up in the Puerto Rico National Team.  She has competed around the world at the most elite of international meets representing her country of Puerto Rico.  She fell just short of qualifying for the Olympics in Rio this last year at the World Cup.  She is a wealth of knowledge and has a lot of experience in the sport that she shares with the divers.  
Jeny has loved learning to drive in snow and has taken full advantage of winter sports here in Colorado.   



Hayden Jones- Junior Olympic Coach

Hayden received a full-scholarship for diving and graduated from Texas A&M University.  He came to Mile High in 2015 to continue training for the 2016 Olympic Trials, where he was a finalist in the 3m men’s synchro event with his brother Harrison.  Hayden was the only diver in the entire competition to compete a front 3 1/2 somersault with a full twist, a dive that is extraordinarily difficult and not common.  Since then, Hayden has been doing diving shows for various entertainment companies around the world, most recently for Royal Caribbean on the ship the Oasis of the Seas in their onboard diving show.