Team Orlando Diving Coaches are trained and certified by both the United States Diving Association (USA Diving) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Our coaches are required to achieve the highest of test scores in different specialized areas that include trampoline and aerial training, aerial spotting, hand spotting, injury prevention, concussion diagnosis, adult and child first aid and CPR. Along with a course given by SafeSport USA which covers such subjects as appropriate treatment of athletes with regard to sexual conduct and positive coaching technique. Coaches are required to be tested annually which allows them to refresh their memory, sharpen their tools, and learn any new and important information, changes, policies and so forth for the upcoming year.
Coach Mark Ruiz
Mark Ruiz is an Olympic diver from Puerto Rico. Ruiz represented the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games.Ruiz took up diving at the age of 9. Upon a coach’s suggestion, he moved to the U.S. at 12 to take advantage of the better training system. The move obviously paid off. During the spring nationals in 1999, he swept all three events (10-meter platform, 3-meter springboard and the non-Olympic event of 1-meter springboard), becoming the first diver since Greg Louganis in 1988 to accomplish this feat.
Ruiz also competed in synchronized diving (springboard and platform), which had medal events for the first time in Sydney. Ruiz, a four-time national champion in the platform qualified in the platform and 3-meter springboard. He and partner Rio Ramirez finished fourth in the 3-meter springboard at the 2000 World Cup.
Mark Ruiz was the individual state champion for diving all four years he competed at Dr. Phillips (1994-1997) and was elected as a charter member of the Dr. Phillips Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Ruiz has now been the Head Coach of Team Orlando Diving Since August 2010 and has trained and continues to train State Champions, National Champions, World Champions, and Olympic Quality Athletes.
- 9 US Junior National Champions
- Gold at USA Senior national Championships
- 14 Florida High School State Champions
- 2017 Moose Moss Coach of the Year
- 2017 Sammy Lee award recipient
- 2019-current Puerto Rico Head National Team Coach 2016 & 2021 World Cup Coach!
Coach Mya Kraeger
Mya Kraeger is a 12 year experienced diver that reached the highest levels of the sport Two of them being named a USA Diving Team Member and earring a Full Ride scholarship to Indiana University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing and management with a minor in sports psychology. She has 3 year experienced coaching under some of the best coaches in the country and she spent her last 2 years at Indiana University Coaching under Drew Johnson (Head USA Diving Olympic Coach) as the assistant coach of the varsity team.
- Honorable-Mention All-America … earned Honorable-Mention All-America honors in Platform
- Academic All-Big Ten Diver
- Silver medal in the platform at both the USA Diving Senior Nationals and Junior Nationals in 2016
- dove the platform and 1-meter at Junior World Championships in Russia in 2016
- USA Diving National Championship Mixed Synchro platform silver medalist in 2016
- Bronze medalist in the platform at the 2016 Pan American Games in Cuba
- Gold medalist in the platform at the 2015 USA Diving Junior National Championships … also won silver in the synchro platform at the 2015 USA Diving National Championships
- Finished fourth in the platform at the USA Diving World Trials
- Two-time gold medalist at the YMCA National Championships in the platform … also won gold in the 3-meter dive at the YMCA National Championships in 2013