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The Coaching Staff strives to create an atmosphere where each diver will be able to achieve his or her own potential in a positive and nurturing environment.

Head Coaches Susan and Donna have been involved in diving for over 25 years either as a diver or coach. Both coaches have competed and coached at the age group, high school, and collegiate and national levels.IMG_0983

Susan Bromberg

  • Windy City Diving Head Coach
  • Diving Coach at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Certified FINA Judge
  • Illinois Diving Association President
  • Member at large for the CCE in USA Diving
  • USA Diving Zone “D” Representative on the Governance Committee
  • USA Diving  Member services committee member
  • Horizon League Diving Coach of the Year – 2012, 2018
  • Lake Forest College Diving Coach ’99-‘08
  • NCAA D3 Coach of year 2006
  • Highland Park High School Diving Coach ’86-‘96
  • 4 yr collegiate diver at University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
  • Missouri State High School Diving Champion
  • Jr. National qualifier

Donna O’Brien

  • Windy City Diving Head Coach
  • Fremd High School Girls and Boys Diving Coach ’18 to present
  • Lake Forest College Diving Coach ’08-’17
  • Certified FINA Judge
  • Palatine High School Girls Diving Coach ’82-’11
  • Harper Jr. College Coach ’88-‘91
  • Schaumburg Diving Academy Coach ’86-‘96
  • Junior Diving Chair for IL Diving Association
  • ISA Diving Coach of the year 2002
  • 4 yr. collegiate diver at Iowa State
  • 3 time Collegiate National Qualifier
  • IHSA State Finalist Diving & Gymnastics
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2014 Windy City Coaches and former WC divers

Assistant Coaches 

Brian Bottcher

  • Assistant Coach for  Windy City Diving (UIC Training Site)
  • USA Diving Safety Certification and Spotting Certification Instructor for Illinois
  • West Virginia Men’s and Women’s Head Diving Coach 1995-1997
  • WVU Diving club 1995-1997
  • Talawanda High School Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach 1994-1995
  • Coached two teams in the Fairfield County Country Club league 1992-1996
  • Assistant Coach Northwestern age group program 1991
  • Letter winner Miami University, Ohio 1990-1994
  • NISCA High School All American 1990

Abbey Bernardo

  • Head Diving Coach for the University of Chicago
  • Assistant Coach for Windy City Diving Team (UIC Training Site)
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Illinois at Chicago Diving Team
  • Oakton Diving Head Coach 2009-2012427693_10101310945162200_341015457_n
  • Northwestern University Volunteer Assistant Coach 2011-2012
  • Fenwick High School Diving Coach 2010-2011
  • Urbana High School Diving Coach 2008-2009
  • University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign collegiate diver 2004-2007
  • Academic All-Big Ten Honors 2006-2008
  • IHSA State Qualifier 2000-2003
  • Former member of Windy City Diving Team

Melissa (Holbach) Morris 

  •  Assistant Coach for Windy City Diving Team (Palatine Training Site)diving_1
  • Letter winner  University of Akron, 2003-2007
  • MAC Conference Academic All- American
  • Illinois High School State Diving Meet Finalist 2002, 8th place
  • West Junior National Qualifier 2000
  • Illinois High School State Diving Meet Qualifier, 1999 – 2002
  • Illinois High School State Gymnastics Finalist,Floor Ex., 1999-2002
  • Former memeber of the Windy City Diving Team

Amy (Bromberg) Phillips

  •  Assistant Coach for Windy City Diving Team (Palatine Training Site)Corneliussen_ActionBlur__112amy
  • Niles North High School Diving Coach
  • St. Charles East High School Diving Coach 2010-2012
  • Letter winner at Ohio University 2006-2010
  • scholar athlete at Ohio University
  • Honorable Mention,  MAC All- Conference Academic Team
  • IHSA State Meet Qualifier 2005
  • Former member of Windy City Diving Team


Curt Bendell

  • Assistant Coach for Windy City Diving Team (Palatine Training Site)
  • Palatine High School Girls Coach 2012 –
  • Fremd High School Boys Diving Coach ’92 -‘02
  • Conant High School Girls Diving Coach ‘97- ‘02
  • Assistant Coach Iowa State University ’89
  • Assistant
  • Coach: Schaumburg Diving Academy, Palatine Park District


Woody Lord

  • Collegiate Diver at UIC 2010-2014
  • Current record holder for the UIC men’s 1 meter
  • Graduated from Glenbrook South High School
  • IHSA State Meet Finalist 2010
  • 3 time IHSA Qualifier

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