Coaches

We are really excited about our coaching staff for the 2019 season!!

HEAD COACh 

KEN HANSEN

Coach Ken Hansen is in his 7th summer with Oakton Otters dive team and has coached the Otters Winter Dive program for 10 years.  Ken has been an Assistant Dive Coach for Oakton High School for 11 seasons; and has previously served as Head Dive Coach for Madison High School. He is currently coaching diving classes for FCPA at Oak Marr, and coaching with Dominion Dive. Ken was the top diver at Oakton High School in his senior year, placed 2nd at Districts and was the only diver to qualify for and participate in States that year.  He also broke the school's 11-dive record.  In 2008, Ken teamed up with coach, Cheryl Meltz, to compete in The Masters National Championships and win the Masters Diving National title in Mixed Synchronized Diving.  Ken also was the 2008 Masters Diving Platform National Champion.

ASSISTANT COACH

LIAM  KLOPFENSTEIN

Liam Klopfenstein is returning as a 3nd year dive coach with the Oakton Otters. He will be starting his senior year at Oakton High School this fall. Liam is very involved in Oakton's Theatre department, and takes part in the fall shows and spring musicals. He looks forward to another great summer of diving with the team!

PRACTICE ASSISTANT COACH
SARAH GURLEY

Sarah Gurley is returning to the dive coach staff this year and will also continue to dive in the Senior age group. She will be starting her senior year at Paul VI high school this fall. She is very involved in the Fine Arts program and has been a part of the National Art Society for over two years now. She has been a member of the Oakton dive team for 5 years and the Junior Olympic Team at the Mason Dive Academy competing on the National level for 3 years.  Sarah has participated in the All Star meet each year on the team and placed first 3 years in a row. Currently, she is the two time VISAA State Dive Champion, while breaking the 21 year old VISAA State Championship record, was named an All-Met Honorable Mention by the Washington Post, and is an All American contender. She is very excited about coaching again this summer and is looking forward to another great season with the Otters!

SPENCER DEARMAN

Spencer Dearman in a new member of the coaching staff this year. He will be beginning his sophomore year at Oakton High School this fall. In addition to diving, he is involved in cooking as well as robotics. He has been a member of the Oakton Otter Dive family for 4 years and has been competing with Dominion Dive Club at a Junior Olympic level for 3 years. Spencer has participated in the All-Star meet 3 times and placed first last year. As a freshman this year, he placed 13th at the NHSL State Championship meet, and reached an All-American qualifying score. He is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to help with the coaching staff, and another amazing season with the Oakton Otters!

DIVE CLINIC COACH

CHERYL MELTZ-KROOPNICK

Cheryl Meltz-Kroopnick helped start up the Oakton Otters Dive Team in 2005 and has been coaching the Otters since the team’s inception, including running the Otters’ Winter Dive program.  Cheryl is also the Head Coach of Oakton High School’s Varsity Dive Team and has coached at the Junior Olympic level with York Dive Club and Dominion Dive Club.  As a former Division I college diver for Colgate University where she was conference champion on both 1 meter and 3 meter and a National Finalist for the “NCAA Woman of the Year”, as well as a 5-time Masters’ Diving World Champion, Cheryl brings a wealth of diving knowledge as an athlete, as well as 26 years of coaching experience at all levels of the sport.  She is very excited for another wonderful summer dive season!

CLINIC ASSISTANT COACH
BLAISE WEST

 
Blaise is going into his sophomore year at Oakton High School. This will be my his 8th season diving with Oakton Swim and Racquet Club. Blaise also dove for Oakton High School this winter and had a great experience, and he is looking forward to this dive season at OSRC because we will be in Division 1!