Patti McEuen (Southerland)Patti McEuen, Founder of DiveSeattle, has been a leading athletic dive coach in Seattle since founding The Bellevue Club Diving Program in 1987, and later merging with Pacific Northwest Diving in 1990, before founding DiveSeattle in 2014. In her 28 year career, Patti’s divers have achieved almost every major accomplishment available in state and high school championship competition, gained university scholarships, and placed in both World Championships and had divers she coached in the Olympic trials. Patti is also an accomplished athlete herself and was a 4 Time Collegiate All-American ( NCAA 1m and 3M springboard diving).


Coach Ilich Marcano is one of Venezuela’s top exports in Aquatics and had become one of the top coaches in the world. With a 2012 Olympian under his belt, he has his eyes set on developing another world champion from Seattle. As a coach for the past 15 years, his impressive record includes producing a  number of International medals: 5th place at 2005 world championship in Montreal, silver and bronze medals in various diving grand Prix dive meets and 5th place at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. He also  qualified athletes to the 2012 Olympic Games. His experience of building a beginning diver up to an Olympic champion is his greatest skill set including building a championship mindset and positive attitude.




Coach Alejandra Fuentes is an Olympic Diver, and attained #5 World Champion status. She is considered one of the foremost Aquatic coaches in her home country, Venezuela. “Alee”, as we like to call her, and her husband, Ilich Marcano, emigrated to Seattle from their home country with their 2 children, Daniel and Andrea, and are bringing their years of experience in teaching young champions to the DiveSeattle program.



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Deb Shelton has been coaching diving since 1980.  Deb is from Pennsylvania and competed in swimming as well as diving in high school and college.  She received her Bachelor of Science in 1981 in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology and Aquatics and coached both swimming and diving back east before moving to Seattle. Deb also coaches high school diving at Inglemoor, Bothell and Woodinville and is the director of the diving program at one of DiveSeattle’s affiliates, Aqua Club in Kenmore, Washington.



Max Klassen 4A State Champion - Redmond HS -DiveSeattle Coach

Coach Max Klassen started coaching right after graduating from Redmond High School where he was the 4A State Diving Champion in 2009. He has been coaching Lake Washington and Juanita high schools for 6 years while doing a degree in Computer Science and Game Programming at DigiPen. He enjoys competitive sports and games and the teamwork and teaching around them. He is a coach mentor for DiveSeattle and coaches at Juanita High School, Bellevue Aquatic Center, Mercerwood Shore Club and KCAC, as well as dive camp in the summer for DiveSeattle too.


Eric Klassen State 4A Champion 2014Coaches, Eric Klassen and Phillip Klassen,  are DiveSeattle’s as Dive Camp and lessons instructors, fill in coaches at meets, special events and instructor training events and these two are the glue that keeps DiveSeattle fun!

Eric was the 2014 WIAA 4A Boys State High School Champion and 2013 All American Diver who went on to dive for the University of Hawaii during 2015. Eric’s twisting mechanics as a diver are some of the best in the NCAA including  his front 1.5ss with  three and four twists are really impressive. His ability to teach twisting is second to none.

Phillip Klassen, of the Klassen Diving dynasty, placed third at the high school state championships his senior year, despite having taken almost a year off due to a back injury. Considered by some to be a phenomenal teacher and instructor, coach Phillip’s teaching progressions when learning new skills are invaluable.