Laura Desautels - Head Coach of Regina Diving Club and High Performance Coach – South for Dive Sask
Laura is a Comp Dev coach who has been the Head Coach of the Regina Diving Club and one of two Provincial Head Coaches since 2010. Laura began as a National level gymnast and moved into the Regina Diving Club in her early teens. She dove at National and Senior national levels and trained with part of the Canadian National Team in Calgary before accepting a diving scholarship to the University of Nebraska in 2001. She finished her undergraduate degree and diving career at Virginia Tech in 2006. After graduating, Laura accepted a Graduate Assistant coaching position at West Virginia University, where she coached the West Virginia diving team and attended graduate school.
Laura has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Sociology, minor in Psychology, then furthered to attain a double Master of Science in Sport Management and Athletic Coaching Education. As part of her 3-year Graduate Assistant position she was responsible for all duties as the West Virginia University Head Diving Coach, recruitment management for the diving team and ensuring compliance with the NCAA. In addition to coaching and attending graduate school, Laura also did a two-year internship with the West Virginia Strength & Conditioning program working with the football team and is certified as a personal trainer.
During her time as the Head coach of the Regina Diving Club, Laura has helped develop the club into one of the top clubs in Canada. She has coached Regina divers to medals at the Junior National level, Senior National level and Canada Summer Games level. She has helped divers reach Canadian Junior International teams and a Junior International medalist. In addition to helping divers reach their maximum potential in diving, Laura believes strongly in preparing divers for their future. She has sent 9 athletes away on full scholarships to NCAA Division 1 diving teams. Watching her past divers move on to successful careers continues to be her most proud moments as a coach.
Laura is married with two sons, they keep her busy between coaching and being a hockey, soccer, gymnastics, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mom.
Jana Klein - Assistant Head Coach of Regina Diving and High Performance Coach with Regina Diving
Jana has been involved in the sport of diving as either an athlete or a coach for nearly 25 years, and began her role as Assistant Head Coach in 2010. Jana is Nationally Certified and currently Competitive Development Trained who is a passionate and energetic coach always looking for new inventive ways to inspire her athletes and make training fun.
As a former High Performance diver along with National and International medalist herself, Jana is the perfect fit to develop our young National and High Performance athletes. Jana and many of her athletes have been selected for the Plongeon Diving Canada High Performance Athlete Development Program. No stranger to big events, Jana has coached athletes to multiple National Medals on every level and an International Silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santiago Chile in 2019.
Not only is Jana helping to develop our National Athletes, she also heads our Junior Development Program which is a Province wide Testing Program that helps to assess and identify talent of divers between the ages of 5-10 years old.
Jana has a Bachelor's Degree with a Major in Geography. Jana's love for travel has taken her to over over 15 countries on 4 continents, including spending a year in South Korea teaching English.
Kaitlyn Clark - Junior National and Provincial Coach
Kaitlyn is a certified NCCP Competition Introduction coach. Kaitlyn began as a National level gymnast before moving to the Regina Diving Club at fifteen, where she trained and competed as a National level diver.
Kaitlyn has been coaching on and off for almost 10 years. After coaching competitive gymnastics part-time for four years, she was offered a coaching position at the Regina Diving Club in 2015. Since then, Kaitlyn’s love for the sport grew just as rapidly as her passion for helping young athletes realize their potentials. She began coaching the Novice level, bringing athletes to successfully perform at the Novice National Championships and win Novice diver of the year in their respected age groups. Kaitlyn was awarded Novice Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Kaitlyn also attended her first Jr. Nationals as a coach in 2017. After that she continued to coach at both the Provincial and National level, qualifying athletes for Jr. Nationals in 2018 and 2019. Kaitlyn has been involved with the sport as a coach ever since retiring as an athlete. While the fear factor, integral need for mental training, and her fascination with biomechanics keeps things interesting. It’s the fun and fulfillment of helping ambitious young athletes like she once was, accomplish their goals that keeps her coming back.
After taking one year off to travel last year, Kaitlyn is excited to be back at the pool crushing goals and unlocking potentials.
Currently, Kaitlyn is coaching our Provincial and Jr. National groups and is a full-time university student studying English and French.
Kaitlyn thanks the Regina Diving Club for the consistent income of knowledge she has been given.
Makayla Piper - Head Novice Coach
Makayla started with the Regina Diving Club in 2006 as a diver and grew to love the sport over the years. She naturally moved into coaching in her late teens and continued to grow with in the club as a coach. Makayla competed in the 2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games in Australia where she was a medalist in the 1m, 3m and Platform events.
Makayla is a certified NCCP Instruction Beginner Coach and is awaiting certification as a Competition Introduction Coach. She started her coaching career as a Learn to Dive coach in 2012 and then moved into coaching competitive groups in 2015. She has coached many divers to the Novice National Championships and helped divers attain their Junior National dive lists. Makayla currently coaches the Pre-Competitive, Fish Fly and Novice groups and is responsible for the management of the Learn to Dive program.