SSDC COACHES

Coach Craig Dolloff grew up on the South Shore in Duxbury, MA and he got involved with diving when he was 11 years old as part of the original Duxbury Aqua-Dux Swimming and Diving Team.  Craig started SSDC in the Fall of 2004 and started with just 5 divers.  Since then SSDC has grown to be one of the premier diving clubs in United States.  The entire Coaching staff of SSDC has a passion for elevating the sport of diving and are driven to help each and every diver reach their diving goals.  

 
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HEAD COACH
CRAIG C. DOLLOFF

Coach Dolloff, one of the top springboard diving club instructors in the U.S., focuses South Shore Diving Club (SSDC) on having solid diving fundamentals that leads to outstanding dive results.  Coach Dolloff has coached 6 AAU National Champion Titles, and 49 AAU All-Americans (Top 12 in the Country).  Coach Dolloff and his coaches strive to not only help the club divers achieve their athletic goals, but to help them be accountable, responsible, and to lead by example in everything they do.

In 2007, the first SSDC diver qualified for the AAU National Diving Championships, and since then, we have never looked back: SSDC divers have qualified for AAU Nationals every year since!  In 2018 SSDC brought a total of 12 divers to AAU Nationals.

Since 2009, SSDC divers have earned AAU ALL-AMERICAN Diving Honors every year. Currently, the club has divers that come from all over the South Shore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


COACH DOLLOFF CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING

 
  • FINA:
    CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL DIVING JUDGE.

  • USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED DIVING COACH.

  • USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED SAFETY COACH.

  • USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED AERIAL TRAINING COACH

  • USA DIVING:
    COACHING FOUNDATIONS –CERTIFIED

  • U.S. SAFE SPORT - CERTIFIED.

  • HEADS-UP – CERTIFIED.
    (Concussion Trained)

  • AAU DIVING - DIVING COACH.

  • RED CROSS - CPR & FIRST AID.


COACH
CHRIS BENISCH


Chris has been coaching at SSDC for over 10 years. He started diving at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on the North Shore of Long Island every summer and began competing in the country club league.  Before diving in high school he was introduced to the legendary Hazel Barr and began training at the Flushing YMCA in Queens, NY. With Hazel I learned to appreciate and respect all aspects of diving.

Chris has been coaching with SSDC since 2008 and love the sport more than I ever have.

In addition to SSDC, I have coached for various public and private High Schools on the South Shore and have sat as judge during MIAA diving events for both D-1 and D-2 school's. Additinally, Chris has served at an AAU National Judge over the past 6 years and has evaluated thousands of divers for both 1 and 3 meter sanctioned diving events.

COACH
JULIE COLEMAN


Julie, a former SSDC diver and team captain, attended The University of Rhode Island where she dove under the Atlantic 10 Conference. She was a four-time Atlantic 10 team member, awarded Diver of the Year for the 2013-2014 season, and named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four years.

As a High School Diver, Julie began her diving career late and became the Bay State Conference Champion in her first season as a senior.

Julie aims to help the younger generation of divers to feel empowered and confident to take on all of life’s journeys from the lessons they will learn in sport.

Julie resides in Quincy, is a Registered Dietitian, and received a M.S. in Public Health Nutrition.

COACH
GABBY McDONALD


Gabrielle McDonald is a former diver, for SSDC, and dove for Notre Dame Academy and was a member of the D1 Diving Team at the University of Connecticut.  After UCONN, Gabrielle continued her education at Boston University and was then accepted into a rigorous PhD program at Tufts University.   

Dr. Gabrielle McDonald is now a PhD. and works as a Scientist for Agios Pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge, MA.

Gabrielle, has coached athletes at the AAU National Diving Championships and has attended at least 2 RIPDIVE trainings as a coach.  Gabrielle is an excellent coach and will support divers with their goals and will offer an amazing perspective and mentorship. 

Gabrielle currently resides in Rockland, MA, with her husband Paul, and their dog Murph!

COACH
HANNAH MUDGE


Hannah dives for Georgia Southern University under the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association).  Hannah was SSDC's only 3-year Senior Captain due to her outstanding leadership abilities.

As a senior at Georgia Southern, Hannah is the Captain of her swimming and diving team.  Recently, Hannah has received numerous CCSA Diver Of The Week honors and made conference finals on both 1 and 3 meter boards.

In High School, Hannah was a A four-year state qualifier and finalist in both swimming and diving.  In 2013-2014, Hannah was named as a league all-star team in both swimming/diving and was a state finalist 4 years in a row.

Hannah resides in Marshfield and will be a senior at Georgia Southern next fall and is currently pursuing a Law degree.



COACH
BENSICH
CERTIFICATIONS


●   AAU DIVING - COACH

●   RED CROSS CPR & FIRST
AID

COACH
COLEMAN
CERTIFICATIONS


●  USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED DIVING COACH


●  USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED SAFETY COACH


●   U.S. SAFE SPORT-                       CERTIFIED

●   HEADS-UP – CERTIFIED.
     (Concussion Trained)

●   AAU DIVING - COACH

COACH
McDONALD
CERTIFICATIONS


●  USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED DIVING COACH


●  USA DIVING:
    CERTIFIED SAFETY COACH


●   U.S. SAFE SPORT-                       CERTIFIED

●   HEADS-UP – CERTIFIED.
     (Concussion Trained)

●   AAU DIVING - COACH

COACH
MUDGE
CERTIFICATIONS


●   AAU DIVING - COACH

●   RED CROSS CPR & FIRST
AID