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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.



Doug started club diving at 10 years old competing through high school in Eugene, Oregon and  at Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts. Recruited to dive at Columbia University, he helped  the team’s rise to be one of the top Ivy League teams.  

For 20 years, Doug has coached hundreds of divers for the Stanford Diving Club, of all ages  and levels from beginner to elite, including divers competing at Regional, Zone and National  Junior Olympic Championships.  

Using safe and efficient skill progressions with an emphasis on keeping it fun, Doug specializes  in transforming young gymnasts and other natural athletes into excellent divers. He helps divers  achieve Future Champions and competitive Junior Olympic dive lists. Many of Doug’s divers  have gone on to collegiate diving, including top California and Ivy League universities. His  mission is to inspire divers to perform at their very best, tackle complex and challenging skills,  overcome obstacles to achieve beyond expectations, and instill a passion for this lifelong sport!  

Doug is currently also the head diving coach at De Anza College (including state champion and  All-American divers). He maintains AAU, USA Diving Competition Coach and lifeguard  certifications.  

Doug works part-time developing medical, fitness and robotic products. His experience as a  mechanical engineer enhances his understanding of forces and motion related to diving. When  not coaching, he enjoys bicycling, swimming and hiking with friends.



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.



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.



Megan started diving at the age of 8 in Vancouver, BC and was on the Canadian National Junior and Senior diving teams for 15 years. Some career highlights include winning 22 National titles (3 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze), being an alternate for the 1992 Olympic Team (10 meter), placing 2nd twice at the FISU World University Games, 4th at the Goodwill Games, and 5th at the Pan American Games. She was a Founding Athlete Board Member of Athletes CAN and a Motivational Speaker for the Esteem Team. After retiring from diving, she continued to coach at all levels (Learn-To-Dive to competitive), judge and work for BC Diving. Fun fact: she used her diving skills to perform in several TV commercials including “Got Milk”, Toyota, Arby’s,, as well as The Greg Louganis movie.

After moving to the Bay Area, Megan coached diving at the Highlands Rec Center as well as for Castilleja and Palo Alto High Schools. Her service work includes sitting on the Irene MacDonald Scholarship Selection Committee, being a committee member with the Young Men’s Service League (Silicon Valley Chapter), and holding various leadership positions at her kids’ schools.

Today she has her own practice as a Performance and Transition Coach for Athletes, is a mom to 2 student-athletes (her eldest, Madeleine, currently dives for the University of Pennsylvania), and continues to coach all levels of diving. When she’s not coaching athletes, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing pickleball, and hiking with her silver lab Piper.

Megan inspires her divers to be their best by teaching them valuable life-long lessons through sport such as hard work, goal setting, commitment, facing fears, overcoming obstacles, dealing with failure, and embracing a growth mindset. And most of all, she likes to have fun!



“I first began diving at the age of 14 under the guidance of coaches Doug, Ryan, and Oleg, here at Stanford Diving Club. In my years at Stanford diving, under the guidance of the coaches here, I was taught all the skills necessary to become a 4 time nationals qualifier and Age Group Platform National Champion in 2013. In 2016 I graduated High School and was recruited to dive 4 years at the University of Texas at Austin — one of the top swimming and diving programs in the nation. Here I dove under nation renown coach Matt Scoggin where I was apart of 2 National Champion teams in 2017 and 2018, and was NCAA qualifier in 2019.

Following my collegiate athletics, I moved back to the bay to work as an Area Manager for Amazon before returning to Stanford Diving as a part time coach. It was when I started that I realized I had a passion for coaching and chose to pursue coaching full time.

My goal is to instill divers with love for the sport in the same way the Stanford Diving program had done for me and to pass on all the knowledge I have gained in my 9 years of Diving.”



“I first started diving when I was 6 years old in Mission Viejo, CA. As an extremely clumsy child, diving did not come easily to me, but I fell in love with the sport beginning with my very first jump into the water. By the age of 9 I had qualified for my first junior national championship, and I was able to qualify to every national competition from 2008-2017. With help from my coaches and a lot more coordination, when I was 11 years old, I won my first national championships!

Throughout my entire junior diving career, I enjoyed the sport of diving, but I enjoyed the community of friends and competitors that I would see at meets even more. I was even lucky enough to compete for Team USA in several international competitions, including the Junior World Championships in Penza, Russia in 2014 (Coach Oleg traveled with me on this trip!) and I am still friends with some of my international diving opponents.

Before graduating from high school in 2017, I won the inaugural state diving championship and then repeated the next year. At Princeton University my diving career continued. NCAA Athletics were very enjoyable for me, and I had the best time being part of a team and representing my school. I served as captain of the Princeton Men’s Swimming and Diving Team for the 2021-2022 season and was a four-time NCAA qualifier. Competing as part of the swimming and diving team was one of the favorite aspects of my college education and by the time, I graduated I held two Princeton Diving records on 3 meter and platform.

Upon graduating with a degree in Psychology in 2022, I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. I am very happy to remain involved in diving through coaching and enjoy every minute I spend at the pool. After spending seventeen years in the sport, I am excited to help divers find a passion for the sport and aid them in reaching their goals!”



Coach Hayley came to us from Illinois. She started diving at age eleven. She spent her summers training with the divers at Indiana University where she was coached by three-time Olympic Coaches, Jeff Huber, and Drew Johansen.

During the school year, she competitively dove with Redbird Diving Club at Illinois State University for seven years and was a four-year varsity diver for her high school. She was on the Mills College’s Varsity Swimming and Rowing teams and dove in her free time.

She is currently a high school biology teacher and is the Head Diving Coach at Presentation High School, Lynbrook High School, and Valley Christian High School. She strives to help divers overcome their fears and have fun in the sport. In her free time, she goes scuba diving, hangs out with her dog Enzo, travels wherever she can, and plays video games.



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