Our Coaches

The success of our athletes isn’t a matter of luck. It is the product of an outstanding work ethic, aided by coaches who embody this commitment to excellence and work to bring out the best in their students. With numerous accolades and awards under their belts—our coaching team has over 60 years of combined experience both diving and coaching at provincial, national, and international levels—diving is their passion, and they are continually striving to benefit Dive Calgary athletes.

Abel Sanchez

Head Coach

Abel Sánchez, a 2000 Summer Olympics participant and three-time All-America at the University of Michigan.

Coaching Highlights:
US National Coach 2018 - Bolzano, Italy and Madrid, Spain; 7 NCAA All-Americas; 1 FISU - World University Games Finalist; 2015 World University Games Participant; 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Finalist; 1 Silver Medalist - Commonwealth Games; 36 Academic All-Conference Award Winners; 6 Mountain West Conference Champions; 43 Mountain West Conference Finalists; 31 Mountain West Conference “Athlete of the Week” Awards; 3 Mountain West Conference “Diver of the Year” Awards; 1 “Senior Athlete of the Year Recognition Award” – Awarded by MWC; 2 Mountain West Conference “Coach of the Year” Award; 2011 UNM Faculty of Color Award for UNM Staff; 2 USA National Finalists; 2 FINA GP Finalists; 4 Canadian National Finalists; 2 Russian National Finalists.

Rommel Kong
Coach

Rommel competed internationally, both in gymnastics and diving, for the Philippines from 1985–1995 and coached their national diving team from 1997–2008. He also served as a FINA diving judge in the Philippines from 2003–2008.

In Canada, Rommel has also volunteered as a coach with the Rocky Mountain Diving Club. His expertise as a spotter assisting divers in safety harnesses during dry land somersaulting and twisting exercises, skills which he developed through years of training in China, is a great asset to Dive Calgary.

Ruby Tang
Coach and Program Coordinator

Ruby became a member of the Hong Kong National Gymnastics Team when she was 9, but was forced to withdraw from the sport after suffering a severe injury. She took up diving at the age of 14 and won several gold medals at the Hong Kong Age Group and Open Diving Competitions between 2003 and 2005.

Ruby loves sharing her experience in sports with young children, inspiring their confidence and appreciation for discipline. She has completed her NCCP Instructor – Beginner certification, and continues to upgrade her coaching skills through practice and interaction. She is also studying Sports and Recreation Managment in Mount Royal University.

Spencer Wildman
Coach

Born and raised in Calgary, Spencer has been a diver for seven years and a coach for five. As a diver, he has collected an international gold medal and has competed at the highest level of nationals. As a coach, he has helped hundreds of people progress in the sport.

Currently, Spencer coaches the competitive Tier II group and the recreational Masters group. At the University of Calgary, Spencer studies molecular biology.