Mark Ruiz, Head Coach

coach-mark Mark Ruiz is the head coach for YCF Diving.  Mark grew up in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. He took up diving at the age of 9 and moved to Orlando as a 12 year old to pursue his dreams of diving and be a part of a better training program. He chose Team Orlando Diving, now YCF Diving.

By the age of 15, Mark became the youngest diver, behind Greg Louganis, to finish second at a US Nationals.  After that, he won 9 Junior National Championship titles and won the 1994 Sullivan Award, the most prestigious award given an amateur athlete.  At the 1999 US Nationals he swept all three events, 10M Platform, 3M Springboard and 1M Springboard, becoming the first diver since Greg Louganis to accomplish this feat.  He became the most decorated diver in US history. Then, Mark won the 1999 Pan Am Games gold medal, and made the 2000 and 2004 US Olympic Teams.  He was the only American diver, other than Louganis, to make the US Olympic Team on both 3M and Platform. Ruiz finished 6th and 7th at the 2000 Olympic Games and 7th on Platform at the 2004 Olympics. He was named 2000 US Olympic Committee Male Diver of the Year and 2 time US Diver of the Year.  Mark was a 22 Time US National Champion. He remains among the top 5 most accomplished medal winning divers in American history.

Mark Ruiz attended Dr. Phillips High School.  He won 4 High School State Championships, and held the National High School Record for over 10 years.  Mark trained with Jay Lerew at Team Orlando Diving.  In 2003 Mark began his own Mark Ruiz Diving Camps and Clinics available to divers all over the country.  Mark’s world class knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have made his camp one of the most desired diving camps in the US. Mark is married to Nicole Bolt, former Team Orlando diver, Dr. Phillips HS State Champion, and NCAA Diving All American of the University of Florida.

Joe Dowd, Assistant Coach

Joe Dowd Joe Dowd is an assistant coach for YCF Diving. Joe started diving at the age of 4 with Team Orlando Diving under Jay Lerew, and made his first national team at 8 years old. Joe was a Pan-American Team Member in 2007 and represented the United States in 2008 when he traveled to Sheffield to compete again the British National Team. Joe is a multiple USA junior national champion and YMCA national champion. Joe attended attended Olympia High School and graduated in 2014. He was a 3-time state champion and was the state runner up in 2014. Joe holds the 6-dive and 11-dive point records for Olympia. Joe is ecstatic to start with YCF and coach, he brings a great attitude to the pool and can’t wait to get divers to the next step in their diving career.