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.
Coach Douglas 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.

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

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 Nationals.  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.  As a full-time DVC student he placed 14th overall in the California State Championships.  Paul is a lifetime learner and earned a degree in kinesiology in order to enhance his skills and knowledge as a coach.

Eric Holzheimer ~ Coach and Executive Director

Eric founded California Diving Academy in late Spring of 2013.  Eric has and continues to coach a growing number of high school diving teams.  Those past/present schools include: Acalanes, Alameda, California (CalHigh), Campolindo, Carondelet, Clayton Valley, College Park, De La Salle, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, Encinal, Las Lomas, Miramonte, Monte Vista, Napa High, and Vintage High.  For high schools, CDA has developed more than 100 North Coast Section (NCS) participants, almost 2-dozen (boys and girls), top-4 Champions, a dozen divers making it to the CIF/State Championship.  The California Diving Academy (CDA) strives to help and develop those athletes who want to dive in college or wish to compete at the highest levels.  For our Age Group and Junior Olympic Divers (JO's) CDA has more than 200 divers that have competed in and won hundreds of medals in local club meets and travelling (Regional, Zone, and National) events.  CDA has also successfully launched almost two dozen (D1, D2, D3 and NAIA) college divers from our JO program in the short time CDA has been a club.

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, swimming, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and of course diving.

As a multi-sport athlete himself for more than 20 years, Eric competed from an early age in youth sports, high school, and college.  He knows what it takes to be a casual as well as an elite athlete.  He is hoping to personally dive again in a Masters (19 and older) event at the National Level in the future.

In addition to his duties on the deck and administering day-to-day activities of CDA, Holzheimer is and has been involved in business as a serial entrepreneur for more than 50 years and has retired several times...he LOVES coaching!

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.

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