Dive Team Coaches

Steve Voellmecke

Head Coach

Steve Voellmecke was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and has been involved with the sport of diving for nearly 35 years – first as a diver, now as a coach, judge and volunteer. Steve graduated from Moeller High School in 1984 and went on to earn his degree in Business Management from Xavier University in 1988. He was a member of the XU Swimming and Diving Team all four years and was team captain his senior year.

Steve is a Life Member of USA Diving; a Trustee of the United States Diving Foundation;Treasurer of The United States Professional Diving Coaches Association and is on the Executive Board for the ambitious Aquatic Training Center project here in Cincinnati. Steve was USA Team Leader for the 2000 FINA World Cup in Sydney, Australia and the 1996 Can-Am-Mex J.O. International Meet in Winnipeg, Canada. He was chosen “first alternate” to be the USA Diving Team Leader for the 2000 Olympic Games. Steve also was CO-Meet Director for the memorable and highly successful 1996 U.S. National Diving Championships held at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

In 1998, Steve was presented with the prestigious “WHOSAM” Award given annually to the Diving Coach who “demonstrates commitment to excellence and dedication to the highest physical, mental and spiritual ideals.” This award is presented by Dr. Sammy Lee M.D. – 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist — and the person responsible for introducing “The Sammy” Sport Towel to the diving world!

Steve is also a highly respected diving judge. He is F.I.N.A. (international) certified; was the only judge selected to judge both the 2008 AND 2012 United States Olympic Diving Trials; has judged the NCAA Championships (2007 – 2014); several international diving competitions around the world as well as many Collegiate Championships including the Big 10, SEC and PAC-12 Conferences. In addition, Steve has served as referee and judge at countless Summer League Diving Meets all across the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area over the past 30 years.

Although Steve has coached divers at the State, National and International Levels, his first love is teaching diving at the Grassroots Level. He has coached the summer diving team at The
Indian Hill Club since 1985 (30 years and counting!) and helped to design the diving well at the Club’s spectacular new pool built in 2008.

Steve’s “real job” is Owner and President of Springboards and More (A Division of DIVE Cincinnati, Inc.) – the perennial largest Dealer of Duraflex Diving Equipment in the United States and the Preferred Equipment Supplier to USA Diving.

Steve lives in Loveland, OH with his twins Aidan and Simone – his very active and involved twins who were born on Valentine’s Day 2001. The other member of the Voellmecke Family is “Pennie Lane” – a Yellow Labrador Retriever who will do just about anything for a Frozen Peanut Butter-filled Kong!

Piper Fries

Assistant Coach

It looks to be another GREAT season of summer diving as long time Wahoo favorite PIPER FRIES becomes the fifth former Wahoo Diver to ascend to the ranks of Assistant Diving Coach. Piper is finishing up her senior year at Indian Hill High School where she was Captain of the State Qualifier Soccer Team and was involved in countless other Clubs, Organizations and volunteer activities throughout her high school career.

She will attend Miami University in the Fall.

Piper has been a Wahoo diver since she was 6 years old, winning many blue ribbons and several League Titles, multiple MVP awards, The Coaches Award as well as the coveted Groene Award. She is idolized and adored by the young divers and she brings an infectious energy and enthusiasm with her that will no doubt help lead The Wahoos to another successful season. In addition, Piper is leading the group of Wahoo divers who are planning, implementing and running the 2016 Seven Hills Diving Champ Meet that will be hosted by The Wahoos at Indian Hill Club in July.