Coaches

We are really excited about our coaching staff for the 2018 season!!

HEAD COACH

Anthony Crowder

We are proud to announce that Anthony Crowder will be returning as the Head Diving Coach of the OSRC Otters for another great season!!!  Anthony has a solid foundation of coaching, mentoring and developing new and experienced divers of all ages.  He brings a passion for the sport and a commitment to excellence while instilling an encouraging, fun and dynamic culture.  A graduate and diver from UNC Charlotte, Anthony brings 10 years of coaching experience to OSRC.  He is currently the head coach of George Washington University as well as a coach at Mason Dive Academy.  His experience ranges from early-age beginning summer divers to collegiate, AAU and USA national qualifiers and champions.

It is exciting to welcome Coach Anthony to OSRC.  His proven ability to foster a positive team-based environment while focusing on the skills and development of each individual diver will create a successful summer experience for our team.  

ASSISTANT COACHES

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.

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 new to the dive coaching staff this year.  She will be starting her junior year at Paul VI high school this fall.  She is very involved in the Fine Arts program and was recently inducted into the National Art Society. She has been a member of the Oakton dive team for 4 years and the Junior Olympic Team at the Mason Dive Academy competing on the National level for 2 years.  Sarah has participated in the All Star meet each year on the team and placed first last year. Currently, she is the VISAA State Dive Champion, was named an All-Met Honorable Mention by the Washinton Post, and is an All American contender. She is very excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to another great season with the 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!