Formerly the Ohio State Dive Club, we have rebuilt and are doing amazing things!
ACES Diving was originally founded in 2006 by Jen White and Kris Kline with the vision to
provide a safe and affordable program while keeping a high quality training for athletes of all ages and abilities. The club grew to well over 150 athletes ranging in abilities from beginner, to State and National level divers. After much contemplation, in 2011 ACES merged with the Ohio State Diving Club where Coach Jen became the full time Lead Developmental Coach, and Coach Kris went on to become a doctor.
The Ohio State Dive Club went on to win numerous National Championships and grew to be a powerhouse in diving, with former divers set to represent the USA in the 2020 Olympics.
When the world took a turn during Covid-19, they set up a gym in Coach Jens backyard and kept the Westerville JayCee pool open to train indoors. Then we heard the news that OSDC was done and had no current plan to return. When Coach Mandy and Jen restarted ACES, they moved the dive Gym indoors and work hard to utilize every facility available to train. Focusing on goals, physical training and friendships has been a lifeline for these athletes, as well as our coaches!
The sport of diving offers a unique balance of strength, coordination, agility, flexibility, spatial
awareness and finesse. At ACES, we train these skills not only in the pool but most importantly
in dryland training. With the use of skill progressions on diving boards over mats, trampolines,
tumble-tracks, and spotting systems a diver can learn these movements in a safe and highly
ACES understands the difficulty and demands a family requires. Named after Jen's children
Ashley, Colin, Emily, Shane (and now Sarah) we are committed to family first. Our coaches
know it is privilege to work with your children, understanding the sacrifice and investment on
the family, as well as the reward and growth sports provide.
Originally from Granville, Coach Jen started diving midway through High School and into college. Upon entering BGSU, I started coaching divers with BGSU Swim Club and 5 area High Schools, but switched to running XC while still coaching dive. With a degree in Exercise Science and Physiology, I started personal training and summer league coaching at NACC then Highlands for 13 years, then Westerville JC for the past 11- earning at least one champ title every year. As a High School diving coach for the past 28 years, I am honored to have represented 71 athletes at the state meet and 6 state champions. The original ACES Diving was started in 2006, and had over 100 divers ranging in levels from newborn (my own) to National finalists. As a business decision, I joined with OSDC as the Lead Developmental Coach in 2012 and have learned and grown so much professionally. I love introducing the sport of diving to newbies! Also the founder of CODA, past president of the Ohio Diving League and GCSL Dive commissioner --the wife of Tracy and mother of 5, ranging from 25 to 18. As a fun fact, Jen also coaches Middle School Cross Country with our 2020 girls team having an undefeated season!
I have been actively involved in diving since I was 5 years old, I competed through high school and into college (University of Arizona) where I retired after 17 years due to injury. I immediately transitioned to coaching helping our college team as Team Manager/Assistant Coach and coaching a local high school team in Tucson, AZ. I have continued to coach summer club, high school, and club diving for the past 20+years. I have had the privilege to be the head or assistant to coach to countless All-American High School divers, USA/AAU/YMCA National Champions, and international qualifiers. Prior to ACES Diving, I was the Head Coach at Ohio State Diving Club where we were 2019 USA Diving Junior National Champions. I was also Head Coach/Owner of Queen City Diving and coached with Legacy Diving in Ypsilanti, MI. I have international coaching experience at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 2019 Junior Pan Ams, and 2020 FINA Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany. In addition to coaching, I have served as a FINA certified judge for USA Diving domestically and internationally from 2013 to present, having most recently judged the 2021 ACC Championship meet.
I have been happily married for 16+ years. My husband, Chris, and I have four children - Jake (167), Brenden (15), Rylan (11) and Miles (8). My boys are avid soccer players and my daughter enjoys art - none are divers.
My name is Jacob Siler and I am currently a senior on The Ohio State diving team. I am from Knoxville Tennessee and began diving for Tennessee diving club at the age of nine and continued there until coming to college at OSU. I have represented Team USA at two international competitions and am qualified to compete in the 2021 Olympic trials. I am a speech and hearing science major hoping to continue to grad school for speech pathology following completion of my undergraduate studies. In my free time I enjoy bowling, rock climbing, weight lifting, disc golf, and having movie night with my teammates which occurs almost every night.
Coach Ashley White has been diving her whole life. She dove summer league at Westerville JC until she was 18 and competed for Big Walnut high school as a varsity athlete all 4 years, making state team senior year. Ashley started coaching lessons and summer league when she was 16. In 2015, she attended Bowling Green State University for nursing while competing on the swim and dive team until graduation in 2019. Currently she is working as a nurse at OSU and will be working part time as a coach for the program. Fun fact, Ashley is the "A" in ACES and is Jen's oldest of 5 children!
Lena is a student at OSU studying business. Lena began her diving career at the Westerville JayCee Pool with coach Jen and then later with the Ohio State Diving Club. Lena was the 2019 D2 Girls State Champion. She began Coaching in 2021 with ACES 2.0 and has been a valuable member of our coaching team on all levels.
Amanda is currently a student and diver at OSU and has been coaching with ACES for the entire 2022 school year. More on Amanda soon...
Hunter is currently a student and diver for OSU. He started coaching with us this spring and has more info coming...
Emily is currently a student at Big Walnut High School. Emily has been diving at Westerville Jaycee Pool since she was 6 and is currently their assistant coach. She dives for Big Walnut High School and assists with the Pre-teams and lessons program for ACES. Fun Fact: She is is the "E" in ACES
Lyle is a student and diver at OSU. He grew up in northern Ohio and was diver with American Flyers. He was active at one time in the Ohio Diving League and ... more on Lyle soon
Mo is a student and diver at OSU and is originally from Egypt... Fun Fact, Mo came from us through a transfer from Iowa when they dropped their program and was under the guidance of Todd Wiekel whom Coach Jen coached many years with at Central Ohio Diving
Jill was a member of the original ACES diving program and has been a part of diving in Central Ohio for 20+ years. Jill is the Head Coach for Plain Township and The Columbus Country Club summer dive teams. She also coaches for numerous High schools including CSG, Gahanna, Pickerington and Columbus Academy. Jill was a diver and is a graduate of BGSU and is an intervention specialist for Worthington Christian.