Cleveland Area Diving

COACHES

​​​​                  Rich Karban - Head Coach
                                 Coach Karban has been the Cleveland State University diving coach
                                 for 16 years. Rich started his coaching career as CSU's assistant 
                                 diving coach in 1985 & 1986 and became the Head Coach in 1987.
​                                 For 3 years from 1987-1989 he coached 5 Cleveland area high school
                                 teams during the school year and coached in the summer at Mission
​                                 Bay Aquatic Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida. His coaching with Mission Bay enabled him to work with Olympic Diving Coach Ron O'Brien, as well as other top coaches. Due to NCAA regulations he was not able to coach CSU during his time with Mission Bay. In 1989 he became the Head Diving Coach at Eastern Michigan University for 5 years. While at EMU Rich also coached Eastern Michigan Area Diving, a registered USA Diving team much like Cleveland Area Diving. The EMAD team was recognized as one of the top programs in the State of Michigan as well as the United States. After leaving coaching to pursue a career in sales for 9 years Rich returned to Cleveland State University as Head Diving Coach in 2003. 

Prior to coaching, Rich had a very successful diving career as a local high school diver and was one of the finest divers in Cleveland State history.  While at CSU, Rich was the 1st Eastern Intercollegiate Diving champion in school history. He was awarded The Most Outstanding Team Member on CSU's 1984 team and was inducted into The Cleveland State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Rich and his wife, Betsy, were married in 1988 and have two children, Richie and Elyssa.

College Experience
Cleveland State University
  11 years Head Coach - 1987, 2003 to present  
Head Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach

•     Horizon League Women’s Diving Coach of the Year 2012
•     Horizon League Men’s Diving Coach of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 
•     Coached Women’s Horizon League Diver of the Year 2012
•     Coached Men’s Horizon League Diver of the Year 6 years 2004-2008, 2010
•     Coached Chris Dalman to 18th and 20th place at the 2007 NCAA Division I
              National Championships 
•     2000 Cleveland State University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
•     1984 Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships - 3M
                Champion
•     1984 Cleveland State University Swimming and Diving Most Outstanding  
               Athlete of the Year
•     Assistant Diving Coach - 1985, 1986

Eastern Michigan University  9/1989 -10/1994
Head Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach
•     1992 Mid-American Conference record 137 points scored in Men’s Diving
•     1990 Mid-American Conference Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.

Age Group & High School
Cleveland Area Diving
 2/2013- Present            
Head Diving Coach
•     Coaches and Trains a team of 7-18 year old divers
•     USA Diving National Finalists 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 
•     USA Diving 12-13 Boys National Champion on Platform and 3M 2015
•     Jr. Pan Am 12-13 Boys Qualifier on Platform, 3M & 1M
•     8 High School State QualifierS 2013 - 2015

Eastern Michigan Area Diving 9/1989 - 10/1994            
Head Diving Coach
•     Coached and Trained a team of 35 7-18 year old divers 
•     5th place team finish at 1990 Junior Olympic National Championship
•     1990 Girls 14-15 National Champion & Canadian American Mexican Games
            Champion
•     11 National finalists and 32 National Qualifiers 1990-1994
•     7 Michigan High School State Champions 

Ron O’Brien Diving Enterprises  Boca Raton, FL - 1987, 1988, 1989    
Diving Coach and Camp Counselor, Mission Bay Aquatic Training Center
•     Assisted United States Olympic Diving Coach, Ron O’Brien
•     Diving coach & counselor at 8 week summer camp 
•     Coached national and international divers ages 6-21, including stretching and         
           strengthening, trampoline and dry board diving techniques 

High School Diving Coach  1985-1987
Coached five area high school girls and boys diving teams
•     1985 – North Ridgeville and North Olmsted
•     1986 – North Ridgeville, North Olmsted, Beachwood, Gilmore Academy and
             Bedford High School
•     1987 – Bedford High School – Coached District Champion and 3rd place state
​             finisher in Boys State Meet


Betsy Karban - Assistant Coach/Administrative Assistant
Tom Blankenship - Assistant Coach

Josh Gonzalez - Assistant Coach