Senior Diving Club Head Coach
Patrick Jeffrey was named the head diving coach at Stanford University June 11, 2014. Jeffrey comes to The Farm from Florida State where he spent the last 15 seasons leading the Seminoles’ diving program.
Jeffrey’s divers have rewritten the Florida State and ACC record book, while establishing the Seminoles as one of the top programs in the country. While in Tallahassee, Jeffrey guided at least one diver to All-American status in 11 of his 15 seasons. Seminole divers have also increased the level of the sport in the ACC, capturing 21 of the 63 conference championships on the boards during Jeffrey's tenure.
A 1988 graduate of Ohio State, Jeffrey was a decorated diver with the Buckeyes and Team USA. He became the only diver to sweep the three NCAA diving titles in 1988 (1-meter, 3-meter, platform), before competing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. His best finish at the Olympics was a ninth-place showing in the platform event in Atlanta. Jeffrey, who is a five-time U.S. National Diving Champion, also owns two Pan American Games platform bronze medals from 1991 and 1995.
In addition to his continued success on the college scene, Jeffrey has been a regular in international competition. Jeffrey was Team USA’s head coach at the 2013 World University Games and has also been on staff at the 2009 World Championship, 2007 World Student Games, 2001 World Championship, 2000 Olympics and 1999 U.S. World Cup since starting at Florida State. The 2009 World Championship squad included Florida State student-athlete Terry Horner, who was a six-time All-American and 2007 NCAA champion with the Seminoles.
Most recently, Jeffrey coached Florida State’s Katrina Young and Team USA at the 2014 FINA Grand Prix May 8-11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Young was an All-American and ACC champion and ACC meet record holder on the platform for FSU. Jeffrey will also coach the 2014 World Cup team, featuring Young and platform synchronized diving partner Amy Cozad, in July.
Jeffrey takes over the Cardinal program that has won 50 team conference titles (31 men, 19 women) since 1980. Divers have helped Stanford swimming and diving teams win 16 team national championships (nine women, seven men) in the last 34 years, while producing 116 All-Americans.
Stanford Diving Club Head Coach
Senior Diving Club Assistant
Oleg is originally from Ukraine where he spent sixteen years competing springboard and platform diving at National and World levels for the Ukrainian National Team and USSR Junior National Team. His accomplishments include: 10 times National Champion, Gold Medalist of the USSR Junior Diving Championships, Bronze Medalist at the European Junior Diving Championships, and Bronze Medalist at the World Junior Diving Championships. His love for the sport then spilled over into coaching where he now has over twenty years coaching experience.
Oleg started coaching at Stanford Diving Club in the spring of 2009. Prior to that, he spent ten years coaching for Trojan Dive Club in Los Angeles alongside Hongping Li bringing the team to second place in the nation, holding the title for three consecutive years. These teams collected a total of 42 individual national medals, including 17 gold, 11 silver, and 14 bronze. An additional 15 medals (11 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze) were earned at the Senior National Championship levels. He was a USA team coach for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2016 World Cup, 2015 World Championships, 2007 and 2011 Junior Pan American Games and 2008 and 2012 FINA Junior World Championships, where divers from these teams earned five international medals, including 1 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze.
On a fun note, he has spent quite a few summers as a professional stunt diver in England, Germany and Dubai and has also competed in the Acapulco cliff diving competition.
JOA -JOB Rec Assistant Coach
Denis started diving at the age of 6. He soon became a member of the USSR Junior Olympic Team, and finally National Olympic Team of Kazakhstan. He was the National Champion of Kazakhstan, and held this title for numerous years. He was also Gold and Silver Medalist of 1995 Asian Championships, finalist of World University Games in 1997, and Bronze Medalist of CanAmex Grand Prix in 1999.
Denis has 15 years of coaching experience including lessons, various age groups, and National and International level divers. He began his coaching career in Kazakhstan as an assistant coach and later on coached the Kazakhstan Junior National Team. He then moved to Maryland where he coached the Maryland Dive Club. His divers were participants in many Zone, Regional and National championships.
JOA Assistant Coach
My diving began when I was 9 yrs old on Airforce base since my father was in the military. I dove on and off for many of my teen years as flying was my other passion. I started getting really serious with diving when I got into college and started diving at the junior college level at De Anza. I dove club at West Coast Aquatics.
I have been coaching for about 10 years and did all my coaching here in California except for the occasional summers spent down in Texas coaching a summer camp at the University of Texas. I am now very fortunate to be part of a dream situation coaching at a premier pool along side a great mentor Rick Schavone.
My goals in diving as a coach is to become a world renowned diving coach and produce many champion divers at the national, international, and one day Olympic level.
JOA-JOB-Rec Assistant Coach
Doug Schwandt started diving at 10 years old in Eugene, Oregon with coach Don McGavern. He dove through high school in Oregon and one year at Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts, before being recruited to dive four years at Columbia University with coach Jim Stillson, where he contributed to Columbia's rise from the worst team in the NYC Metropolitan League to winning the Eastern (Ivy League) championship his senior year. He continues to dive with coach Tanja Goldberg in our Stanford Masters program.
Doug coached beginning diver classes summers during college. He has coached for the Stanford Diving Club at various times over the years, more consistently for the past seven years. Doug has also coached two seasons for St. Francis High School, in Mountain View.Although Doug has some experience with JO coaching, he focuses on our Stanford Diving Learn-to-Dive and pre-JO program, and assisting Tanja with our Stanford Masters program. Doug maintains both AAU and US Diving Coach certifications.
Sloane Brazina began coaching with the Stanford Diving Club in 2011, after four years of coaching experience with Infinite Diving in Boston, MA. She was recruited to Stanford University in 2011, and holds twelve years of diving experience. Sloane was a PAC-12 Conference springboard finalist, a member of the Stanford Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving 2013 PAC-12 Conference Champion team, and contributed to Stanford’s 2014 NCAA Division I Championship second place season.
Sloane will graduate from Stanford University in spring 2015, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in The Program in Human Biology, with an Honors distinction. Sloane will continue her studies at medical school upon her Stanford graduation.
Tara Hyer Tira
Rec Assistant Coach
Tara Hyer Tira grew up in Tampa, FL with five older brothers, all collegiate divers, and began diving as a little girl for Jetstream Diving in Brandon, FL. Tara dove collegiately for the University of Notre Dame where she earned a degree in graphic design in 2008. After graduation, Tara continued her diving career by working in various acrobatic shows.
In 2010, she was invited to participate in the RedBull Cliff Diving World Series and has been competing with the world's top female cliff divers ever since, including stops in Italy, Portugal, Norway, and Mexico. She also competes for Team USA in FINA High Diving events, including the World Championships in Barcelona (2013) and Kazan (2015). When she's not diving, Tara teaches Hot Yoga and works as a freelance graphic designer.
Gracia Leydon Mahoney
Rec Assistant Coach
Gracia Leydon Mahoney is currently a Junior Diver at Stanford University studying Science, Technology, and Society. Throughout her time diving for Stanford she has been named 2016 NCAA Champion, 2016 Pac 12 Diver of the Year, competed at the 2016 Olympic trials, and received the 2016 "outstanding sophomore" awarded by the Stanford Athletic Department.
Prior to attending Stanford, Gracia dove with Tracey Bird in Concord, MA. She began diving at age 8, has been named a three-time all american, and has competed as a member of USA Diving Junior and Senior National Teams at multiple international events. Some of these events include Jr Pan American Games (1st place on 3 meter), 2 times at FINA Jr World Championships (1st place on 3m), 2nd Youth Olympic Games (4th on 3 meter and 3rd in mixed international pairs), 2 times at the FINA Grand Prix, and FINA Diving World Series. Gracia is also 5 time Junior National Champion and Senior National Champion.
Gracia has previously coached diving at Duke University in Durham, NC, The Beede Center in Concord, MA, Heritage Club in Concord, MA, and Woodland Golf Club in Newton, MA.
Rec Assistant Coach
Samantha Gallagher began coaching with the Stanford Diving Club in 2016. Previously, she coached at the Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving Club, helping to build their lessons, and novice, diving programs. She began diving when she was 12 years old with the Mission Viejo Nadadores. In 2014, Samantha was recruited to the Stanford diving team. Since she began her time at Stanford, Samantha has been a member of the 2015 and 2016 Pac-12 Conference Teams.
Samantha is majoring in Political Science, and will graduate from Stanford University in 2018. Samantha hopes to work on Capitol Hill for a few years, and then eventually go onto law school.
JOA-JOB-Rec Assistant Coach
Todd has been a part of US Diving for over 30 years with the last 10 of them coaching. He has worked with beginners through world class athletes at every level in our sport. Age group, junior, senior, high school, NCAA and Olympic level athletes.
Todd has been fortunate enough to have trained under many great coaches along the way; Julian Krug (University of Pittsburgh), Dick Kimble (University of Michigan, USA Olympic Coach), Jane Figueiredo (University of Houston, Russia Olympic Coach, Great Britain Olympic Coach) are the coaches he credits the most.
Todd brings his passion and energy to the pool every day and combined wth an optimistic coaching style His coaching philosophy and reason he loves coaching is about helping kids and young adults to build self-confidence, then get out of their way.
Coaching is a great opportunity to teach many important life skills that athletes will use throughout their lifetime. Consistency, commitment, hard work, facing fears, dealing with failure, goal setting, teamwork, overcoming obstacles/ challenges are some of the skills athletes learn through diving.
Summer Camp-Rec Assistant Coach
Agnes Lo is currently a rising sophomore diver at the University of Chicago pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. In her first year diving for the college, she was named 2017 UAA Diver of the Year, achieved All American status on both the 1m and 3m at the 2017 NCAA DIII Championships, and broke two school championship records and a conference record. She also coaches recreational diving at UChicago.
Before attending college, Agnes dove at Stanford Club Diving for 5 years, beginning at the age of 13. She was a Nationals qualifier in 2013 and 2016 and a finalist on platform in 2013.
Summer Camp-Rec Assistant Coach
Mimi Lin was a diver for Stanford Diving Club for six years and dove under Tanja Goldberg, Ryan Wallace, Oleg Andriyuk, and Rick Schavone. She has been to nine national competitions, and holds league, section, and state titles. She was recruited to the Princeton Swimming and Diving Team where she competes against schools in the ivy league and is currently training under Drew Livingston, a two-time NCAA champion from UT Austin.
Mimi is currently majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and pursuing a certificate in Neuroscience. She volunteers with animal rescue centers, tutors’ other students, and is a member of a conservation society.