Mesa Desert Divers

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For over 17 years, the Mesa Desert Dive Team has provided Mesa with an excellent amateur training program. Coach Rory Russell brings 20 years of coaching experience, with such noted accomplishments as being a 7 time Junior Olympic National coach. Nine divers have won college scolarships, and sixteen have won High School State Championships.

Team founder Keith Russell, former Olympic diver and silver medalist in the 1974 World Championships, founded the Mesa Desert Divers and was its head coach for 10 years. He was president of the Arizona Diving Association and is currently a member of the Professional Diving Coaches Association and the U.S. Diving Education Committee. In 1993-94 and 1997-98, he was voted WAC Diving Coach of the Year. Upon leaving Mesa to coach at BYU, Keith's brother Rory moved up from assistant to head coach of MDD.

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