Coaches

 
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Our McCormick Team

Serving athletes from the South Bay to Orange County.
 
Debby McCormick

Owner & Head Coach

Charles Collins

Co-Head Coach

Eric Elliot

Assistant Coach

Eric Lesser

Assistant Coach

Debby Lipman McCormick was an outstanding diver training and competing under Glenn for 13 years. She has 23 National and 10 international diving medals to her credit. Debby graduated from and competed for Cal State Univ. Long Beach. She began her coaching career there coaching both men’s and women’s diving teams from 1976 to 1984. She started coaching with Glenn in 1976 , and together were an amazing team from almost 20 years. Debby has served nationally and internationally as both a judge and coach. Since Glenn’s passing, Debby has kept McCormick Divers performing in the same spirit as when she and Glenn coached together. Those who have been fortunate enough to dive with them are forever a part of their extended diving family. Debby is also a first-rate tennis player, accumulating over a dozen national tennis titles including the #1 national ranking in women’s doubles in 1999.

Charly is originally from Corpus Christi, TX. His father, Trey Collins, coached him all the way through his high school years. He was District 30 champion two years in a row and a Region VIII finalist three consecutive years. In 1995, he dived and competed for Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX by Stan Randall and earned NJCAA All-American status in ’96 and ’97. Charly also coached for 8 years with Alamo Area Aquatics Diving, assisting in the development of divers who were offered college scholarships and competed at national level meets. In 2001, he was part of the cast of professional divers in the show”Viva” at Sea World of Texas, showcasing the arctic animals of the Pacific, combined with synchronized swimmers, aerialist and high divers. He joined McCormick Divers in Jan of ’04. Charly is multi-talented individual, showcasing his musical talents in years past and currently pursuing a 2nd degree black belt in karate. 

From Eric in his own words:

I did my age group and H.S. Diving in Alexandria, Va. was an All-American.  I dove at West Chester University and was an NCAA All-American.

I graduated with a teaching degree in History and went right into High Diving Shows.  My First College Coaching Job was at Old Dominion Univ. in Va. and then went to Va. Tech as the head Diving Coach.  I left College coaching and started a Club team at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. where I had several JO National Finalist and JR USA team members.   After 8 years in Georgia I took the coaching position at the Univ of Louisiana Monroe before heading to the Univ. of Kansas.  During my 9 years as the head coach I had 2 NCAA National qualifiers and and All-American.  I also had 3 Jr National Champions and several JO USA National team members.  I also had 2 Sr. National Finalist.

From Kansas, I moved west to Coach at Mission Viejo Nadadors for a year before becoming the Head coach at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  I retired from full time coaching last year and enjoy working with divers at the McCormick Diving club

 

 

Originally from Houston, TX, Eric got his start in the sport of diving at the Dad’s Club in Houston. While still in his younger years, his family made the trek out west to California, where he joined Glenn and Debby in Long Beach.

During his teen years, he became a 4-year HS All-American and a 2-time Age group National Champion. This success earned him a full athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan where he trained with the legendary Dick Kimball. While at Michigan he became a 6-time NCAA D1 All-American and was a Big 10 Conference Champion on Platform.

After college, Eric entered the workforce and stepped away from the sport for a while. However, his love for the sport and the opportunities it brought him was never too far from his mind. When the chance to give back to the sport that gave him so much appeared, he dove head first (pun intended:). Prior to joining McCormick Divers as a coach, Eric is the Head Diving Coach at Troy HS in Fullerton. Starting in 2019, Eric took the position of Head Diving Coach at Chapman University in Orange, CA. We are grateful for all Eric does for us and that he shares his love for diving and McCormick’s with the new and upcoming generation!