SPRINGBOARD and PLATFORM
DIVING: Lessons, Classes, and Teams

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Chris Chamberlin ~ Coach

Chris has coached at the high school and community college level over the last 30 years.  He is currently the diving coach at California High School in San Ramon and has worked with many outstanding student athletes.  As a former diver and wrestler himself, Chris coaches the mental side of competition as well as the physical side...all while focusing on the athletes having fun.

Chris is an Assistant Professor and Department Head, Recreation MGMT Coordinator in the Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism ~ California State University, East Bay - Hayward, CA

Paul Johnson ~ Coach

Paul was the Head Diving Coach (2010-2015) at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Pleasant Hill, CA.  Prior to and concurrent with his tenure at DVC, Coach Johnson has been training as a diver with hopes of competing at the USA Masters.  Paul spent close to 30 years performing in shows as an acrobatic high diver - spinning and twisting from heights up to 100 feet.  His amazing diving career had an equally amazing beginning; Paul was coached by two Legendary Olympic Gold Medalists: Bob Clotworthy and Glenn McCormick.  Recently Paul turned 50 and as a full-time DVC student he placed 14th overall in the California State Championships.  Paul is a lifetime learner and currently studying kinesiology in order to enhance his skills and knowledge as a coach.

Patti Ziemke ~ Coach

Patti is the head diving coach at Carondelet and De La Salle High schools where she was previously the assistant diving coach for several years.  Patti has over 10 years of experience as a competitive high school and college diver.  As a member of the McCormick Diving team, she competed in Junior Olympic and Senior National competitions.  She was a competitive high school diver and won CIF three years out of four.  Patti also competed two years for UCLA and one year at UCSD; placing 5th in the 3-meter NCAA championships.

Patti received her Masters degree in journalism and has written for various newspapers, magazines, and websites.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and playing with her three children.

Aric Gilbrecht ~ Coach

Aric began coaching at Cupertino High in 1981; where he coached the Central Coast Section (CCS) Varsity Champion.  He went on to coach at Monta Vista High and in 2013 Aric partnered with Eric Holzheimer as Diving Coaches for 6 local high schools (Acalanes, Campolindo, Clayton Valley, College Park, Las Lomas, and Miramonte).  Six divers from that squad qualified to compete in the North Coast Section (NCS) Championships.

One of the few divers to have made the sport of diving a profession; Aric began diving in High School and continued through Junior College.  In his 2nd year at DeAnza he placed 13th at State Finals on 3-meter.

In 1977 Aric spent 7 months traveling throughout South America as a professional diving-acrobat and diving-clown with “Aquarama - El Circo mas Famoso Del Mundo" ~ his stage was a 3-meter board into an above-ground pool 10 meters in diameter and 2 meters deep.  Returning to the US in early 1978 he continued to dive over the next 10 years as a Masters athlete.

Eric Holzheimer ~ Coach and Executive Director

Eric partnered with Todd in the late Spring of 2013 to found the CAL Diving Club.  Eric has and continues to coach a number of high school diving teams.  Those past/present schools include: Acalanes, California (CalHigh), Campolindo, Clayton Valley, College Park, Dougherty Valley, Las Lomas, Miramonte, Monte Vista, Napa High School, and Vintage High School.  Over the last 4 years CAL Diving Club (CDC) has developed 20+ divers that have competed in and won the North Coast Section (NCS) Championship, competed in the San Joaquin Section (SJS) Championship and a few that have gone on to compete in the State Championship.

Holzheimer has been a youth sports coach for more than 45 years across myriad sports.  Currently, Eric focuses his coaching acumen on springboard and platform diving (men's and women's).  Just prior to CDC he also coached women's lacrosse (goalie coach) at the JV and Varsity high school levels and women's soccer as a head coach and goalie coach.  A few of the other sports he has coached over the years include: gymnastics, trampoline, water polo, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and of course diving.

As a diver, gymnast, and trampolinist himself for more than 10 years, Eric was a gymnast and diver in both high school and college.  He is hoping to dive again in the Masters (19 and older) National Championships.

In addition to his duties on the deck and administering day-to-day activities of this club, Holzheimer is the Managing Director of a global company specializing in meeting, incentive, sales, and marketing programs.

Todd Mulzet ~ Coach

Todd, a U.S. junior national team assistant coach at the 2009 Pan American Games, was the diving coach for the California men's and women's collegiate programs from 2010-2016. Mulzet joined the Golden Bears from the Cougar Diving Club in Houston. He previously coached at Emory University; during his collegiate career, he starred at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mulzet worked as the head coach of the Junior Olympic Diving Team at Cougar from 2007-10. He was also an assistant coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores club in 2003 and from 2006-07. He served as the men's and women's head diving coach at Emory from 1990-92.

Todd also starred for Pitt in the mid-1980s, qualifying for NCAAs in 1985 and 1986, and was named the Big East Conference's Outstanding Men's Diver from 1984-86. Mulzet has continued to compete, diving in 12 U.S. Senior National Championship meets. He has also earned several national titles at the master's level, including in 2007, when he captured the 1m and 3m springboard crowns at the Summer Masters National Championships.