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 1999. 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.

Hall Of Fame - World Acrobatics Society 2019
Pac-12 Men's Diving Coach of the Year 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018
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
2018 Canada Grand Prix - USA Team Coach
2017 World University Games - USA Team Head Coach
2011, 2015 World Championships - USA Diving Team Manager
2014 Canada Grand Prix - USA Team Assistant Coach
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 Beijing - USOC Administrative Personnel
2004 Olympics Athens - Diving Team Coach
2003 FINA Grand Prix - USA Diving Team Head Coach
2001 World Games - USA Team Leader

Notable Athletes Coached
Haley Ishimatsu - 2013 and 2014 NCAA Women’s Platform Champion, 2012 USA Diving Winter National 10m Champion, 2010 World Cup Team Champion, 2009 World Championships 10m Synchronized Silver Medalist, 2008 Olympic Games finalis, 2014 Pac-12 Diver of the Year, 2014 All-American
Tory Ishamatsu - 2013 USA Diving National 1m Champion, 2012 NCAA Women’s 1m Champion, 7 Time Pac-10 Champions, and 2009 USA National Championships 1m Silver Medalist
Blythe Hartley - 2005 World Champion, 2004 Olympic Games Canadian Bronze medalist, 5 NCAA Championship Titles, and 3 Time NCAA Women’s Diver of The Year, 2002, 2005 and 2006
Ariel Rittenhouse - 2009 World Championships 3m Finalist, 2008 Olympic Games 3m Synchronized Diving Finalist, 2006 World Cup Silver Medalist, and 2005 Junior National Platform Champion
Rachelle Kunkel - 2004 Olympic Games Finalist and 6 Time USA Diving National Champion
Dashiell Enos - 2013 USA Junior National Champion (3m and 10m Synchro)
Olivia Rosendahl - 2013 USA Junior National Champion (1m)
Harrison Jones - 2009 All American - NCAA 1m, 10m
More notable athletes: Jake Fielding, Sophie McAfee, Henry Fusaro, Collin Pollard, Harrison Jones, Erin Sones, Nicci Fusaro, Raymond Vincent, Michael Hilde, Kenny Jenkins, and Kellie Brennan. USA Diving National Champions & NCAA All Americans.

Co-Head Coach - Tory Ishimatsu

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Coach Tory, a highly accomplished diver, has been coaching with the Trojan Dive Club for many years, transitioning to full-time status upon graduation from USC. She has extensive experience coaching Junior National Champions, as well as novice to elite and collegiate divers.

Seven-time Pac-10 & Pac-12 1 Meter and 3 Meter Springboard Champion
Four-time Pac-10 & Pac-12 Diver of the Year
Five-time NCAA All American
2012 NCAA 1 Meter Springboard Champion

Assistant Coach - Bobbie Fielding

Bobbie Fielding

Coach Bobbie began her love for diving at the age of 15, diving under the coaching of Van Austin. She began coaching under Austin while working for her degree in Nursing in 1991. Bobbi has worked with all levels of diving; Novice, High School, Community College and Junior Olympic divers throughout her 37 years of coaching. Her passion for the sport of diving is evident with her continued commitment to the development of the young athletes in the learn to dive programs.

Assistant Coach - Joey Cifelli

Joey Cifelli

Joey joins the Trojan Dive Club from Purdue and has a long and successfull career in diving. At Purdue he majored in Marketing and Management . For more details see his Team USA profile.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials Finalist (3-Meter Diving)
Two-time Big Ten Diver of the Week
Six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
All-America honors (1-Meter)
World University Games Qualifier (1-Meter for Team USA)
4x NCAA Championships Qualifier (1-Meter & 3-Meter)
Academic All-Big Ten

Assistant Coach - Ryan King

Ryan King

Coach Ryan has worked with Community Novice, CIF High School, Junior Olympic Club, California Community College Athletic Association and NCAA Division 1 athletes. Coach Ryan graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology.

Four-time California CCAA State Chmpionships All American
2009 Western States 1 Meter and 3 Meter Conference Champion
2010 Big Eight 1 Meter and 3 Meter Conference Champion
NCAA D-1 Sunbelt Conference Diver of the Week, Fall 2010.

Assistant Coach - Kim Pop

Ryan King

Coach Kim Popp has been diving since the early 2000's and coaching since a student diver at USC. As a member of the USC Dive Team, she finished her career (2005-08) as a two-time NCAA Championships participant and a four-time Pac-10 finalist. Her career highlights included a 12th-place finish on platform at the 2007 NCAAs and a pair of second-place platform finishes at the 2006 and 2007 Pac-10s. Coach Kim prepped at Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) High School, where she was a three-year gymnast and competed as a diver in 2004. She was fourth in the CIF Southern Section diving finals in 2004 and was an all-league gymnast in 2002 and 2003.

Two-time Pac-10 Medalist, Platform
NCAA All-American Honorable Mention
2x USA Diving Senior National Finalist Platform