Coaching Staff

Dave Burgering

Dave Burgering – Director and Head Coach

Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Education. Dave started coaching full time for the Mission Viejo Nadadores in California where his team won 2 junior national championships back to back (1988 and 1989). Dave then moved to Boca Raton, FL and coached for the Mission Bay Makos where he won his third straight junior national title. Dave then moved to the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex when the Mission Bay facility closed.  After coaching in Coral Springs for 13 years, he became the Director and Head Coach for the Fort Lauderdale Diving Team at the world famous Hall of Fame Pool, the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Dave has coached over 158 junior national finalists and 51 senior national finalists including 24 gold medalists at the junior nationals and 9 senior national gold medalists. Dave has been a member of the USA Diving Coaching staff for several Grand Prix events, World Series events, 2017 Junior Pan Am Games, and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Dave takes pride in not only being a successful coach, but his understanding of the sport. He has been elected to many positions within USA Diving. His service to USA Diving includes:

  • CEO and President
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Chairman, Committee for Olympic Success
  • Chairman, Junior International Subcommittee
  • Vice President, Senior Diving
  • Vice President, Junior Diving
  • USA Diving Athlete Representative

Dave also served as a member of the rules committee, Olympic International Committee, Member Services Committee, Finance committee, Dive Safe Instructor, Regional Technical Director and a member of the committee for competitive excellence.

While Dave was a diver, he was on the USA National Team from 1977-1984 and a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Team that boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. While diving, Dave was able to travel the world representing the United States of America in Sweden, Austria, Italy, East Germany, USSR, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, China, and Germany to name a few.

These experiences allows Dave to run the Fort Lauderdale Diving program with a great deal of knowledge and an understanding of the big picture. “We have a program that is for everyone. Just because I have coached at the Olympic Games, doesn’t mean we do not teach beginners. We have group lessons, private lessons, beginning team, national team, senior team (Olympic Level) and a Masters team (21 and older that want to dive and compete, but at a light level). Come try us out.  I’m sure you will enjoy our program. Our facility is the only facility in Florida  that has a full platform, bubbles under the 3 meter springboards and all the platform levels (1, 3, 5, 71/2 and 10 meter). On deck Dryland area with one trampoline and dryboard with overhead harnesses, and an indoor warm-up area. ”

Steven LoBue – Lessons Instructor

Steven LoBue, originally from Ewing, New Jersey, brings depth and value to Fort Lauderdale Diving Team as an actively competitive elite athlete in the sport of Cliff Diving (High Diving), a decorated USA Diving and NCAA competitor, a seasoned USA Diving Coach and an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer.

Steven began diving at the age of 7 and eventually went on to become a 3 time New Jersey High School State Champion, Big Ten Diver of the Year, three-time NCAA Division-I All-American athlete, 2004 Olympic Trials finalist in synchronized platform and Purdue University Men’s Diving Team Captain. He graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Health & Safety and Physical Education (K-12).

LoBue went on to become the undergraduate Assistant Diving Coach at Purdue University under the guidance of US Olympic coach Adam Soldati in 2007. He has also coached Junior Olympic Athletes with Blue Dolphin Diving Team in New Jersey and the renowned Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has gained valuable experience coaching multiple summer clinics and working daily with NCAA All American Divers.

LoBue has been an elite competitor on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series since 2011 and is currently the most decorated American Cliff Diver in the world, recently placing first at the 2017 FINA High Diving World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2012, LoBue settled in South Florida with his wife, where he uses his experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to develop young athletes as a whole, focusing on an ideal balance of physical and mental fitness.

Education & Certifications:

B.A. in Health and Physical Education, Purdue University
NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Personal Trainer
Current on all CPR/AED/First Aid certifications
USA Diving Safety Certified

Student Testimonials

"I have personally known Dave Burgering for the last fifteen years and can't say enough good things about him as a world class diving coach, motivator, and mentor. Dave has played many roles in my life through the years--the obvious one is that of a great coach and mentor....but Dave is much more then that to me he is also a second father and one of the very first people to this day who I pick up the phone to call and share adversities and triumphs." BD

"My daughter has been diving with Dave Burgering since age 9. She is now a freshman athlete at the University of Alabama. Dave Burgering taught her the skills she needed to be successful on the college level. I have found him to have a vast knowledge of the sport as well as compassion for all of his athletes. He has brought much success to the Fort Lauderdale dive team as a sincere, dedicated coach who is always willing to go the extra mile for his athletes."

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