Join us in welcoming back Kathy Kirk in her sixth year as Head Coach of the Merrimack Maniacs. Kathy grew up in the Washington, DC area and dove with the Montgomery Dive Club for 6 years competing on the J.O. Circuit, as well as diving in the summer for Tallyho. She then attended and dove for Princeton, returning in the summers to continue coaching for Tallyho. Kathy went on to attend Cornell Medical School and began her medical career and is now a practicing gastroenterologist in Chevy Chase.

Caroline LaPlante returns for her third year as an Assistant Coach at Merrimack. Caroline just finished her first year at Colgate University. While at Colgate she was a member of the division 1 dive team and made it to the Patriot League Conference finals on both one meter and three meter. She started diving in MCDL in 2005, and started her first coaching job in 2013. She was also a member of the Montgomery Dive Club National Team from 2009-2017, and is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School. When she’s not at the pool, she enjoys reading, relaxing, and spending time outside.

We are excited to welcome Katie Stender Moore as a new Assistant Coach this season. Katie has been on the Merrimack dive team since 2008. She holds the Montgomery County Dual Meet Record for 11-12 year old girls and the Merrimack team records for every age group 14 and under. She was a member of the Montgomery Dive Club National Team from 2009-2016, where she competed at USA Diving Nationals 6 times.  She will be a Senior at Walt Whitman High School. In addition to diving, Katie is an accomplished soccer player. She already is committed to playing soccer at Washington University in St. Louis after she graduates.

Welcome also to our two new Junior Assistant Coaches, Julien Musel and Emma Shaffer. This is Julien’s third season diving for Merrimack and his second season as a member of the Montgomery Dive Club’s National Team. Julien will be a junior at Walter Johnson High School in the Fall. Emma has been diving for Merrimack for 5 years. She will be a junior at Walt Whitman High School. Emma also has been diving for the Whitman team for the past two years.

Kerrie Bouker and Mark Cohen serve as our dive representatives and handle all the administrative and financial aspects of the team. Dive Team Questions? Contact Kerrie Bouker, 202-210-9611 or Mark Cohen.