Dr. Ronn Jenkins, Founder & Coach
Dr. Ronn Jenkins, named National Diving Coach of the Year in 1995, is the founder of West Chester Diving.
Ronn is also head coach of the West Chester University men’s and women’s diving teams – a position he has held for the past 40 + years.
Ronn’s success in diving has brought him many accolades and awards, including induction into the West Chester University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame, and later this year, the Chester County Hall of Fame.
He has held a number of positions of honor throughout his career, including: Coordinator of diving officials for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; Coordinator of diving officials for the 1995 World Games in Atlanta; Chairperson of the U.S. Diving Committee on Diversity from 1991-94; Membership on the NCAA Swimming & Diving Committee from 1995-99; and Membership on the National YMCA Swimming and Diving Committee from 1990-1998.
Ronn had his own very successful diving career. He earned a PSAC individual diving title, captured a Mid-Atlantic Conference diving championship, was named the Middle Atlantic Conference’s most outstanding athlete in 1964, and earned two Junior Olympic national titles in the early 1960s.
He earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Bucknell University in 1972 while coaching the diving team there, and his Doctoral Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.
Ronn is highly regarded for his attention to the technical detail of each dive.
Thomas Gallagher, Head Coach
Tom, WCD’s head coach, joined the WCD staff in September 2013.
He has more than eight years experience coaching age group diving in Delaware and Pennsylvania,
Tom came to coaching after having his own very successful diving career. He was a member of the University of Delaware Diving Team from 2006-2010, and was a four-year letter winner for the Fighting Blue Hens during that time.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 2010.
He is highly regarded for his ability to coach complex new dives.
Dr. Michelle Heinemann, Assistant Coach
Michelle joined the WCD coaching staff in November 2017.
She was a member of the WCU Diving Team all four years and a three-time national qualifier. Prior to that, she was a level 9 gymnast and coached gymnastics for five years.
Michelle is a 2014 graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She continued her education at Rutgers University and graduated in 2017 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
She currently works as a pediatric physical therapist treating children throughout Delaware County.
Michelle is highly regarded for her insight into improving the physical functioning of children.
Ryan Kuser, Assistant Coach
Ryan joined the WCD coaching staff in 2012.
He grew up in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time All-American high school diver and a State runner-up.
He was also a four-time All-American collegiate diver.
Ryan graduated from West Chester University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.
Ryan is highly regarded for gaining the confidence of advanced divers.
Sarah McGinty, Assistant Coach
Sarah just joined the WCD coaching staff in October 2018.
She grew up in Hockessin, Delaware, where she was a two-time state champion and All-American high school diver.
She went on to dive for the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she medaled on both 1 and 3 meter boards her junior and senior years.
She graduated from the University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Environmental Design and Horticulture.
She has 15+ years diving experience, which includes competing for WCD at the JO level and three years coaching at the high school level.
Sarah currently works at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg/Oxford, PA, and coaches at Oxford Area High School.
Morgan Shive, Head Coach
Morgan joined the WCD coaching staff in early 2016, after substitute coaching at the club for four years.
She has served as coach of the Owen J. Roberts High School Diving Team from 2014-2016, and has coached at Owen J. Roberts Aquatic Club from 2008-2016.
Morgan’s diving success started at age 8. She competed in the Tri- County Diving League and earned 1st place each season.
During high school, she qualified for Districts each year, was named to the All Area PAC10 Swimming & Diving Team, and earned 1st place in Central Penn Diving Championships.
Morgan graduated from Manor College in 2014, and is a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Morgan is highly regarded for her attention to dryland conditioning and dive program development.