Welcome to Trojan Dive Club

The Trojan Dive Club, an elite age group diving program, is one of 7 Podium Programs for USA Diving in the country. Our main objective is to teach proper diving techniques, improve physical fitness, build mental toughness and self-esteem through the sport of diving. During this process we strive to guide athletes of all ages to achieve their personal goals and set them on a course to reach their full potential in life. We welcome divers of all levels and disciplines; from novice to Olympians as well as cliff divers and masters.


Program Director - Hongping Li

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Coach Li has been the Head Diving Coach at the University of Southern California since 2000. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the University of Southern California in 1989. Before emigrating to the USA, Coach Li was a 12 time Chinese National Champion and a member of both the 1980 and 1984 Chinese Olympic teams. He earned a Gold Medal at the 1981 FINA World Cup 10 meter platform competition in Mexico City, a Bronze Medal on the 3 meter springboard at the 1986 World Championships in Madrid, Spain and was the 3 meter NCAA Champion in 1986.

Pac-12 Men's Diving Coach of the Year 2009, 2016, 2017
Pac-12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year 2012, 2013, 2014
Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, and 2001
NCAA Women's Coach of the Year 2006 and 2002
USOC Diving Development Coach of the Year 1999 and 1998

Coaching Highlights
2011 World Championships - USA Diving Team Manager
2010 Inaugural Youth Olympic Games - Head Coach/Team Leader
2010 FINA World Cup - Diving Assistant Coach
2009 World Championships - Diving Head Coach
2009 Canada Open Grand Prix - Diving Head Coach
2008 Olympic Games - USOC Administrative Personnel
2004 Olympics - Diving Assistant Coach

Notable Athletes Coached
2014, 2013 NCAA Champion - Haley Ishimatsu (10m)
2014 Pac-12 Diver of the Year - Haley Ishimatsu
2014 All-American - Haley Ishimatsu
2013 USA Junior National Champion Dashiell Enos (3m and 10m Synchro)
2013 USA Junior National Champion Olivia Rosendahl (1m)
2012 NCAA Champion Victoria Ishimatsu (1m)
2011, 2010, 2009 Pac-10 Diver of the Year - Victoria Ishamatsu
2010-11 USA National Champion - Haley Ishimatsu (10m)
2010 All American - Victoria Ishimatsu (1m and 3m)
2009 World Championship Silver Medalist - Haley Ishimatsu (10m Synchro)
2009 All American - Harrison Jones (1m & 10m) and Victoria Ishimatsu (1m)
2008 Olympic Games Finalists - Ariel Rittenhouse and Haley Ishimatsu
2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2 Time World Champion, 5 Time NCAA Champion - Blythe Hartley
2004 Olympic Games Finalist - Rachelle Kunkel

Assistant Coach - Tori Ishimatsu

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NCAA Champion in the one meter springboard in 2012. Five-time NCAA All American. Four-time Pac-10 & Pac-12 Diver of the Year. Seven-time Pac-10 & Pac-12 one meter and three meter springboard Champions. Tori has been coaching with the club team since her freshman year at the University of Southern California.

Assistant Coach - Deliang Li

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Originally from China, Li was a member of the People's Republic of China National Diving Team, twelve times China National Champion, and thirteen times International Champion. He was a gold medal winner at the World University Games 1991, Asia Games 1990, FINA World Cup 1989 and was bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea 1988.

Education and Coaching Experience (China)
Upon graduation from Beijing Sports and Physical Education University in 1993, Li served as Age Group head coach for the Guangdong Physical Culture Institute of China for the next four years. The team, under his tutelage, won numerous medals in national and international competitions - his students include former China National Champions and World Junior Olympic Champions: Zhen Jiachu: 97, 98 China National Championships, Synchronized platform 1st t place partner with (Wu Jia 2000 and 2004 Olympic Medalist), 2002 World Championships 3 meter second place. Yang Jinhui: 2004 Athens Olympic Synchronized Platform gold medalist, Tao Tan: 2000 World Junior Championships 3 meter Champion.

Education and Coaching Experience (USA)
Since 2000, Li has coached at Trojan Dive Club, East Los Angeles College, and has directed after school diving programs at the University of Southern California under the sponsorship of the Amateur Athletic Foundation.

Assistant Coach - Doerte Linder

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A Bronze Medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games on the three meter springboard. NCAA All American and graduated from the University of Southern California. Doerte has been associated with the Trojan Dive Club coaching over 10 years in her limited schedule.