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Diving Team

The Dad‘s Club Diving Team was formed in May 1964. The first coach was Kuni Schultz. The team consisted of five divers - three boys and two girls. All three of those boys received scholarships to college: two to Texas Tech and one to Texas University. 

In those days, diving was simply an event within a swimming meet. The two strongest swimming teams in Texas at that time were the Shamrock Hilton Swim Team and the Dad‘s Club Swim Team. The Shamrock Hilton team continually beat the Dad's Club because they had a diving entry whose diving points "tipped the scales" for total winning points for the team in the favor of the Shamrock Hilton Team. So, the Dad‘s Club decided to have a diving entry as part of their swimming team. Recruitment was through classes taught at the Dad's Club by the coach, and also through clinics and shows at neighborhood pools.

The team grew to twenty divers by 1970. Spring Branch Independent School District did not have a diving team. High School students who wanted to dive were referred to the Dad‘s Club.  When the Spring Branch High School divers competed with their High School Swim Team, the Dad's Club Diving Coach went along to the meets (free of charge except for expenses).

In the fall of 1972 Mrs. Schultz’s work load was such that she could no longer continue as the diving coach. The first salaried Dad's Club Diving Coach Joe Sureano, the Aquatic Director, coached for the Dad's Club for three years and resigned to become the first diving coach at Vanderbilt University. The second Dad’s Club Diving Coach, Bob Rydze, also the Aquatic Director, coached for three years and left for a coaching job at Iowa State. In 1978, Dave Moreau, the third diving coach, came from the University of Ohio.  Ed Hooker, who followed Dave Moreau as Diving Coach, has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and had dual coaching responsibilities for both the Dad’s Club and Spring Branch Independent School District.

During the years at the Dad’s Club as Executive Director, Mrs. Schultz has coached the divers along with the head coach - as a volunteer and consultant. The divers have actually had two high caliber coaches for the price of one. The Dad’s Club has developed a reputation throughout the United States diving community as a training ground for college caliber diving coaches. It is hard to retain Dad’s Club Diving coaches because they are prime targets for college recruitment.

Over the years Dad‘s Club divers have won medals in cities, in state, national and international competition. Through connections in the diving community every effort possible is made to expose the divers to college coaches on the national scene. Fifteen of the divers have entered college on diving scholarships and seven of the divers have been high school All-Americans. Four have received honorary mention as All Americans. One special education student went from the Dad‘s Club on to win first place in the National Special Olympics.

Since 1970 the Dad‘s Club Diving Team has traveled twice to Europe and once to Mexico. Many of the divers have been part of the Texas All State Diving Team and as such have traveled at home and abroad. In 1973 diving became a sport on its own, separate and apart from swimming. The Diving Team outgrew the facilities and could no longer hold diving meets for anyone over the age of twelve because of the depth of the pool.

A groundbreaking ceremony occurred in 2013 for the new outdoor pool, which will have six swimming lanes and an 11-foot-deep area at one end for diving. "With the diving area, hopefully, the Dad’s Club can go back to their history of spring board diving, as it was in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, when spring board diving was taught," said Georgia Marrow, the group's operations director.