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.

Derek Douglas ~ Coach

Derek began diving at 14 with Diablo Divers in Walnut Creek after being a gymnast. After graduating, he then went on to dive at UC San Diego for four years. After returning to the Bay Area he returned to Diablo Divers and was again coached by his former collegiate coach, Phil Tonne. As a Masters Diver he has competed all over the world.
He has coached Berkeley High School’s diving team for sixteen years as well as assisting other local age group teams. A number of his divers have gone on to Division 1 college programs. He is currently a 4th grade teacher in Alameda.

DIVING: Lessons, Classes, and Teams


Eric Holzheimer ~ Coach and Executive Director

Eric founded California Diving Academy in late Spring of 2013.  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.  Since inception, California Diving Academy (CDA) has developed 20+ divers that have competed in and won dozens of medals in club meets up to and including national- diving competitions.  For local high schools, CDA has developed North Coast Section (NCS) Championship winners and top-10 finishers who competed in the San Joaquin Section (SJS) Championship and a number of divers who have gone on to successfully compete in the California State Championship.

Holzheimer has been a youth sports coach for almost 50 years across myriad sports.  Currently, Eric focuses his coaching acumen on springboard and platform diving (men's and women's).  Just prior to CDA 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 competed from an early age, in high school, and in college.  He is hoping to personally dive again in a Masters (19 and older) event at the National Level.

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

Justin Wilcock ~ Program Designer and Coach

Justin began diving at 12 after having been a competitive gymnast for 5 years.  He was a member of SLAP Diving in Salt Lake City, UT and competed at many junior and senior national championships during his junior high and high school year.  In college Justin competed for Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1997 and 2000-2002. While there he was a conference diver of the meet for 3 years and multiple time All-American.  
Justin was a member of the US National Diving team from 2003-2008. During that time he competed as a member of the 2004 Olympic Team on 3 meter springboard.

Justin has coached since he was in high school. He has coached country club league teams, high schools, as a student assistant diving coach at BYU and with the Santa Clara Diving Team.

Justin is currently the Diving Coach at Amador Valley HS.

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.

Chris Chamberlin ~ Coach

Chris has coached at the high school and community college level over the last 30 years.  His last high school diving coach assignment was at California High School in San Ramon.  He 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 also coaches high school wrestling.

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