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Chelsea Ale:

director of operations/head coach

                Chelsea's first exposure to diving came at the Navy base in Bangor Washington in 1995, where she also did synchronized swimming.  It was a small club and the competition was not very stringent.  She excelled in these small competitions.  Then the coach decided they were going to go to a big meet and compete in Beaverton Oregon.  This is where Chelsea fell in love with diving, and this is where her competitive juices started to flow.  She had never witnessed dives like the one’s she saw there, and wanted to be one of these elite divers. 

                Even through mulitple moves Chelsea continued to dive.  Ultimately settling in Maryland, where she joined the Montgomery Dive Club.  In 2002 she won the junior national platform championship and became a member of the Junior National team.  She competed in the Junior Worlds in Germany, and placed 19th.   Chelsea was a finalist at Junior Nationals from 2001-06, and a third-place finisher on the three-meter synchro at the 2006 Senior Nationals.  She graduated from Blake High School in Maryland, in 2006, where she was an All-American, captain and record holder for an 11-dive list.  Chelsea competitive spirit, leadership and community service involvement led to her selection as the Olympic Torch bearer to carry the torch up the Capitol steps for the Winter Olympics in 2001.

                The coaching bug hit Chelsea early.  She has always enjoyed helping people not only to become stronger divers, but stronger people. At age 14 she earned her first head coaching job.  From summer 2003-08 and 2013, Chelsea was the head dive coach for a program in the Montgomery County Dive League.  During high school she was also an assistant dive coach and aqua sports camp director at Montgomery Dive Club. She taught children ages 4-18 fundamental and advanced dive skills and planned team events and meets.

                Chelsea graduated from NC State cum laude with a bachelor's degree in sport management in May 2010.  During her time at NC State she was lettered in diving and had a standout collegiate career for the Wolfpack. From 2007-2009 Chelsea was a finalist at the conference championships, while qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Out of the water, Chelsea’s academic accomplishments included ACC Honor Roll, All-ACC Academic Team, Scholar-Athlete and Dean's List. She was also active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She represented NC State at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference and had an Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes Internship.

                After graduating NC State Chelsea went on to earn her master's degree from Florida State University in Sport Administration, in August 2011, with a certificate in collegiate coaching. While in Tallahassee, Chelsea assisted the FSU diving team as a manager, helping the dive coach in everyday activities along with planning events, meets and camps. She was also a graduate assistant for the sport management department. During her time at FSU she taught LAP classes which included tennis and stretch and relaxation.

                Upon graduation from Florida State Chelsea took a job with the Montgomery Dive Club in Maryland where she served as Human Springs Coordinator and National Team/Human Spring Coach. There she earned a reputation as an outstanding coach and mentor. With the club, she planned and organized meets, camps and lesson plans while serving as communications lesion to parents. She also provided insight and expertise to National Team members.

                Her success with the programs she ran at the Montgomery Dive Club, and her outstanding reputation within the diving community, landed her the position of Head Dive Coach at Western Kentucky University. She was coached at Western Kentucky University from 2013-2015. In her first year on The Hill, Chelsea led a young diving squad consisting of only sophomores and freshmen. At the end of the season freshman Amy Crayne was named the Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year.  Crayne was one of three squad members to qualify for NCAA Zone Diving Championship along with Madison Rylee and Giorgi Meyer.  The divers broke 3 school records throughout the course of the season, and participated in the tower event for the first time in school history.  At the Conference meet Chelsea guided Crayne to a third-place finish in the one-meter event, while Meyer took second in the three-meter board and third place on platform.   She concluded her year as Conference USA Male Diving Coach of the Year. Her male diver, Zach Batus, was named Conference USA Male Diver of the year after winning two of his events at Conferences and placing second in the third. The men's team won Conference USA Championships.

                Chelsea was looking forward to a long career at Western Kentucky, but due to circumstances beyond her control the Swim and Dive programs were discontinued after her second year.  Ohio University quickly snapped her up to be their new head coach. She spent one year with Ohio University before making the transition to becoming a part of the largest Dive Training Camp Facility in the world, Ripfest Diving Camp.

                Chelsea spent 3 years at the Ripfest Diving Camp/Club as on a the few full time coaches and as Director of Operations.  Chelsea took over responsibilities for everything from coaching schedules, training schedules, event planning, record keeping and even dormitory organization.  She left Ripfest to work for herself taking with her the expertise she gained from being involved in every aspect of sports organization and training. 

                Over the years Chelsea has gained a broad range of experience and expertise within the sports community, while maintaining her status as a world class athlete, demonstrating her ability to organize and implement a successful fitness program around a busy schedule.  She is a four time US Masters National Champion, most recently in the summer of 2017.

                 

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Molly Carlson

Assistant Coach

2018-19

Won 3-meter (321.60) and 1-meter (299.85) vs. GT and Pitt and was awarded the ACC Diver of the Week…won 3-meter (327.45) and placed second on 1-meter (273.08) at No. 13 Minnesota and won her second ACC Diver of the Week following the performance…was third on 1-meter (298.50) and second on 3-meter (343.80) vs. Arizona State…took fourth on 3-meter (307.50) and was second on 1-meter (293.85) vs. No. 10 UF

2017-18

Earned an All-America honorable mention with a 15th place finish on 3-meter at the NCAA Championships…won bronze on 3-meter with a score of 330.95 at the ACC Championships and was also 17th on 1-meter with a total of 244.75…was victorious on 1-meter with a score of 280.95 against Minnesota and also added a third place showing on 3-meter at 303.23 …placed third on 3-meter in the tri-meet against VT and Duke…was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team….member of the ACC Honor Roll

2016-17:  

Was selected as the ACC Female Diver of the Year becoming the first Seminole to earn the honor is school history…placed 13th on platform at the NCAA Championships earning an All-America honorable mention…also dove a full list at NCAAs…was named the 2017 ACC Diving Meet MVP after winning the title on platform (284.05) grabbing bronze on 1-meter (307.65) on top of a fourth place finish on 3-meter (335.10)…Competed at the Junior World Championships for Canada and placed eighth on 3-meter…selected as the Golden Nole winner for women’s diving…member of the ACC Honor Roll

PREP: 

A member of the Canadian National Team where she has represented her country at a wealth of international competitions…she is a two-time Junior Pan American Champion on 3-meter. ..competed at the 2014 Youth Olympics, 2014 Junior World Championships on top of winning gold on 3-meter at the International Youth Diving Meet in 2014…a 12-time junior national medalist…placed fifth on 3-meter at Olympic Trials in 2016…won gold on 3-meter at the Elite Junior National Championships in the summer of 2016 with a score of 505.30.

PERSONAL: 

Born Sept. 23, 1998…daughter of Jason Carlson and Kathleen Trivers…a member of Diving Plongeon Canada where she is coached by Gilles Emptoz-Lacote…has been on the honor roll at West Hill for entire career…sister Megan swims for Lynn University.

 
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Morgan Sawyer

Assistant Coach

Morgan began diving at the age of 9 years old. She quickly fell in love with all aspects of the sport – the challenge of the skills as well as the friendships and encouragement between the teammates. Morgan participated in both AAU Diving Meets as well as USA Diving Meets. She has been a finalist for AAU Summer Nationals and AAU Red, White and Blue Nationals. She was a member of North Florida Diving and coached by Former Olympian Melisa (Moses) Hyams and Alan Spreen. During high school, Morgan dove at Mandarin High School (Florida 4A) where she competed at conference and state championship series. She was the team captain for three years and always helped her teammates work new skills. During high school, she assisted a middle school diving team focusing on the skills necessary to be successful during the diving season.

Morgan is currently a student at Florida State University majoring in Sports Management. She looks forward to working with divers that want to learn the basics and share her love of the sport. During her spare time, she loves cheering on her Seminoles, going to the beach, traveling and hanging out with her friends.

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John Proctor

Owner

2017 ACC Diving Coach of the Year

  • Four ACC Champions

  • Seven All-America honors

John Proctor enters his fifth season as the head diving coach at Florida State having the highest honor any coach could merit on his resume – coaching an athlete in the Olympic Games.

Proctor, arrived in Tallahassee for the 2014-15 season from Midland, Texas inheriting a talented crop of divers that included Katrina Young. He helped Young to an All-American honor on 1-meter on top of an ACC title. Young captured silver on platform before qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Following her collegiate career, Young remained under Proctor’s instruction working strictly on 10-meter events.

At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Young sat in fourth place before jumping to second in the final round in order to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, becoming the fourth FSU diver to compete in the games.

In 2018, Proctor’s divers collected five medals at the ACC Championships including one gold from senior Blaire Mulka, who won women’s 1-meter.  Sophomore Molly Carlson advanced to the NCAA Championships where she earned her second career All-America honorable mention, placing 15th on 3-meter after overcoming an injury to win ACC bronze. Freshman Joshua Davidson won silver on 3-meter and bronze on 1-meter before advancing to his first career NCAA’s on both springboards.

Proctor was selected as the 2017 ACC Female Diving Coach of the Year after coaching  Carlson to the 2017 ACC Female Diver of the Year. Carlson capped off her historical rookie season with a 13th place finish on platform at the NCAA Championships after being named the 2017 ACC Diving Meet MVP where she won gold on platform and bronze on 1-meter.

In addition to Carlson, freshman Ayla Bonniwell captured the ACC title on 1-meter and moved on to win All-America honorable mention on 1-meter at NCAA’s behind a 16th place finish.

Carlson and Bonniwell led the women’s squad to 193 total points at the ACC Championships, scoring the highest total of any team at the meet.

Senior Dylan Grisell also left his mark in FSU history by becoming the first diver to capture back-to-back All-America honors on platform and just the seventh to accomplish the feat on any board dating back to 1958 when he placed ninth on platform at 389.00.

During 2015-16, Proctor coached Grisell to a seventh place finish on platform at the 2016 NCAA Championships, becoming the first All-American in the event in school history.

He also coached rookie Cassidy Gebhart to an NCAA bid after she placed fifth on platform at the ACC Championships.

In his first season in a different element, Proctor felt right at home as a collegiate coach.

He led three divers to the NCAA Championships, in addition to Young, he also helped freshman Tyler Roberge capture an honorable mention on 1-meter.

At the ACC Championships, Proctor helped the men’s team score 113 points in three events, led by Roberge and Grisell who dove in two championship final heats each.

Young grabbed silver on platform at ACC’s and secured a pair of ACC Diver of the Week accolades during the season.

Proctor joined the Seminole staff after serving as the Program Director and Head Diving Coach of City of Midland (COM) Aquatics in Midland, Texas for 15 years (1999-2014). He built a nationally-known program where he has produced over 50 junior national individual champions including four USA Junior All-Starts and has also coached a finalist in every USA Diving National Meet since 2009.

In 2011, COM Aquatics was named a USA Diving Center of Excellence.

Since 2008, Proctor has occupied the volunteering position of Coaching Representative on the Board of Directors at USA Diving after previously collaborating on the Committee for Competitive Excellence in 2004.

In 2012, he was invited to join the USA Diving staff at the FINA Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany.

While at the helm of COM Aquatics, Proctor oversaw the development of 225 athletes ranging from beginners to elite level divers in addition to heading the growth of five assistant coaches. Proctor has also been the heart of fundraising for the club, generating over three-million dollars in athletic scholarship money since 1999 while directing the Dive Parent Booster Club.

During his 15 years in Midland, Proctor has volunteered for other duties that included both Junior (2000-2005) and Senior (2006-2008) Diving Representative roles for the Northwest Texas Diving Association.

Prior to 1999, Proctor was the head coach of the Tucson Diving Team while serving as the diving team manager for the University of Arizona (1997-1999). He previously was the Head Diving Coach at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. (1995-1996) after starting his coaching career as an age group instructor at Auburn Diving Club (1992-1993).