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.


Tom Gimm - Office Administrator and Junior Olympic Coach

Tom comes to MHDC from Athens, OH where he was the Head Diving Coach for Ohio University. During his time at OU, Tom worked with very talented divers and helped qualify one to NCAA Zones. Prior to Ohio University, Tom was the Head Age Group Coach for the Kentucky Diving Club in Lexington, KY. During the six years at KDC, Tom worked with kids of all age groups and helped grow the team to national success. He was a diver for the University of Kentucky which is where he began his coaching career. Tom grew up in Minnesota and began diving at 10 years old. He has a strong passion for the sport and is excited to bring his enthusiasm and



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!  

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.   



Emily Gimm- Junior Olympic Coach

Emily was born and raised in Kentucky where she was started diving at the age of six for Kentucky Diving Club. Emily attended Western Kentucky University and was the 1m Sunbelt Champion 2008 & 2009. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and a Master's of Science in Health Promotion. Emily was an assistant coach with Kentucky Diving Club from 2011-2016 and worked with the lessons and intermediate divers. She enjoys working with children and helping them grow as divers and as indivduals. Emily is excited to be joining MHDC!  Emily and her husband, Tom live in Denver with their two dogs, Bella and Chloe.



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!


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.


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.



Cat Badillo - Junior Olympic Coach

Cathleen started diving at Mile High in 2009 after a gymnastics injury retired her from the sport. She dove there for four years, before graduating and diving at the University of Denver. Cat set the one-meter record for the program and made it to Zones her freshman and sophomore year. In 2015, at the beginning of her junior year, she was medically retired due to multiple concussions. Though the loss of the sport was upsetting, it has allowed Cat to focus on her studies as a Mechanical Engineer and get more involved in University programs. In her free time, she likes doing archery and traveling.


Averly Hobbs - Junior Olympic Coach

Averly came to us as a little girl and was part of the MHDC family for 9 years before earning a scholarship to dive at a Division I diving program.  During her time with Mile High, Averly was a multi-time Junior and Senior National qualifier and excelled at platform.  Averly is a rising star on the West Virginia University diving team and is studying social work and Spanish.  She is so happy to be able to give back to the program that gave her a start at diving and ultimately the opportunity to pursue her dreams of being paid to be a collegiate athlete.  She is so excited to coach this summer and is looking forward to being able to coach your children.  


Aubrey Bush - Junior Olympic Coach

A natural athlete from the beginning, Aubrey joined MHDC with a big splash earning both 3M and 1M Champion at her very first invitational. After only 7 months diving, she continued on to the University of New Mexico on a full ride scholarship. Here she received her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology and is currently working in Ambulatory Health Promotion. Aubrey loves being back in Colorado for the fun biking and snowboarding the state offers and we love her being here too. We couldn’t be more proud of Aubrey as an athlete and person and are thrilled to have her back under the MHDC roof to enrich the athletes of our program.


Corey Bangs- Junior Olympic Coach

Corey started diving for Mile High shortly after she discovered her passion for the sport in 2007.  During high school, she competed at the USA Diving National Championships, the Camo Invitational in Montreal, and the Colorado State Championships where she placed 2nd as a senior.  In 2009, Corey was offered a scholarship and began diving at the D1 level for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  During her time at Miami, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, was team captain as a senior, also competing in the 2012 and 2013 MAC Conference Championships.  Since graduation, Corey has discovered her passion for working with kids by coaching diving programs in Ohio and Maryland.


Ayaka Schmitz - Junior Olympic Coach

Ayaka Schmitz joined MHDC in 2012 after being a competitive gymnast for over 10 years. She dove with MHDC for 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed the transition. She currently studies Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. On her free time she enjoys hiking, playing instruments, reading, and eating asian cuisine. She is excited to return to her passion of diving through coaching this summer!.