Coach Beavers learned to swim and dive at Parliament Pool in the early 1970’s. He has been active in the sport of diving since 1977, and has been a professional diving coach for almost 30 years. During his tenure as Assistant Coach and Head Coach for the Parliament Dive Team, the team won the NVSL Division One title twice.
He served as assistant coach at the Northern Virginia Dive Club, spent two years as the Head Junior Olympic Coach at South Carolina Divers and was the assistant diving coach at the University of South Carolina, where he worked with Puerto Rican Olympian Vivian Alberty and US Olympians Melisa Moses and Michelle Davison. For almost ten years, Coach Doug worked with the City of St Peters, Missouri to create a comprehensive diving program at the St Peters REC-PLEX.
He started from scratch, and over the next several years Lightning Diving became a nationally recognized USA Diving program, produced numerous Junior National and Senior National Qualifiers, NCAA scholarship athletes, and several US National Champions. Divers trained by Coach Beavers and his staff in St Peters went on to capture NCAA and Senior National Titles, compete in US Olympic Trials, and even compete at the Olympic Games.
In addition to coaching, Beavers has been active in the administrative levels of the sport, serving on the Executive Board of USA Diving and as President of the US Professional Diving Coaches Association. He was named Program Director of Montgomery Dive Club in September 2010, where he continues to work as owner, administrator and coach.
Coach Doug is thrilled to return to Parliament as the new Head Diving Coach. This summer his goal is to create a fun and encouraging atmosphere for the Parliament Divers, with an eye on building for the future.