Our Coaches

Jack Perkins - Founder and Volunteer Head Coach

Jack began his career as a diving coach in 1992 and has experience coaching at all levels, from beginners through elite.  His extensive experience includes being the NCAA Division 1 Diving Coach at DU, a National Team Coach for Puerto Rico, Team Leader and Head Coach for Team USA at the Dresden Youth International Diving Meet in Germany, and he has been a USA Diving Junior National Team Coach since 2016.

Jack’s divers have won many accolades including earning the opportunity to compete in the Junior Canadian-American Championships, British Elite Championships, Junior Pan American Games*, Junior World Championships, numerous FINA Grand Prix*, World Univeristy Games*, FINA World Cup, US Olympic Trials for close to two decades, and NCAA National Championships, including a diver that in his freshman year broke the Divinsion I NCAA 10 meter record and won NCAA's.  Additionally, over 100 of Jack’s athletes have gone on to earn college diving scholarships, many at arguably the most prestigious diving universities in America.  

Off the pool deck, Jack has been very active with USA Diving, Inc. where we was formerly the Acting CEO (2018-2019), Treasurer on the Board of Directors (2016-2018), Chair of the Junior Rules Committee (2012-2016), as well as a member of the Junior Subcommittee to the Committee for Competitive Excellence (2012-2016), the Finance and Audit Committee (2007-2016), the Governance and Elections Committee (2009-2012), and was the Chair of the Rocky Mountain Diving Association (2008-2018). 

Along with his diving activities, Jack has been a business consultant and mining industry professional since 2000.  He is the founder several businesses and has served on numerous Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations, locally and nationally.  Previous to earning an MBA from DU, Jack studied East Asian Philosophy and Religious Studies at George Mason University.  

*denotes a medal won at International competition

 

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 a 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 into National Champions, who have been selected for the USA National Team, who have gone on to represent the USA at various international competitions as well as Olympic Trails, and has aided in securing college scholarships for over a hundred MHDC divers.  Recently, she was a Team USA coach at Junior Pan-Am Championships in Chile where her MHDC diver won a gold and silver medal.  Also, she was named a senior Team USA coach for a FINA Grand Prix meet in Rostock, Germany.  In her free time, Jenn is an avid skier and loves to travel with her devoted husband and incredible daughter.

 

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.

 

Kyle Goodwin - Junior Olympic Coach

Kyle started out at MHDC as a little ripper when he was 10. He attended Regis Jesuit High School where he won state four years and became the Colorado state record holder. He went on to dive at the University of Missouri from 2015-2019. At Mizzou, he placed 3rd on the 1 meter during the 2019 SEC Championships as well as competed at NCAA Championships all four years and became an All American Honorable Mention on 1 meter, 3 meter, and platform.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design as well as minors in Business and Art History. Since graduating in December 2019, Kyle has moved home to Colorado and taken up advertising design, as well as coaching.

 

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 had an amazing college career on the West Virginia University diving team and graduated while 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 be coaching with MHDC and is looking forward to being able to coach your children.  

 

Salvatore "Sal" Marino- Junior Olympic Coach

Sal comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio and currently resides in Louisville, Colorado. Sal has been diving for 10 years and dove in summer league, high school, and club before becoming a dive coach. During his senior year he qualified for the 2016 Ohio High School Athletic Association state championship meet. He has been coaching for over 5 years at the high school level and has dedicated his life to introducing new divers to the sport and inspiring existing ones. Sal earned his Bachelor's degree in biology with a focus in botany from the University of CIncinnati. As a botanist he has completed studies in the Piper genus (black pepper), goldenrod, and digital herbarium specimens and is an expert in indeterminate vine tomato crops. Outside of diving he has a passion for the outdoors. Sal hopes to teach and inspire divers one splash at a time. 

Jordan Harris- Junior Olympic Coach

Jordan comes to us from Penn State University, where he competed 1m and 3m springboard, and graduated with a Bachelors in Recreation Management.  Jordan dove for the Pitt Aquatic Club as his USA Diving club in 1m, 3m and platform, and competed in high school diving where he won four District Championships, and two State Championships.  After competitive diving at Penn State, Jordan went on to perform in Cirque style diving shows all over the world.  His most recent show was the Guangzhou International Circus in Guangzhou China, and the Ocean Park diving/sea world show in Dalian China.  Jordan brings over 10 years of competition diving and coaching experience to MHDC.  He is always smiling and really loves to see the kids learn!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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!