In 2002, Ableman was honored by U.S. Diving as he was awarded the Phil Boggs Award, presented annually to honor those who have achieved individual excellence in diving and have given back a part of themselves to assure the sport's continuation and success. In now his 20 seasons at the University of Miami, Ableman has coached 12 National Champions to a NCAA-record 23 individual national titles, including four-time NCAA Champions Dean Panaro, Rio Ramirez and Tyce Routson. Recently added to his list of national awardees are juniors Brittany Viola and Reuben Ross who each collected individual titles in 2008.
From 1991-2002, in one of the most impressive streaks in NCAA diving history, the Miami men's and women's diving teams combined for 20 individual NCAA Championships. During which time, the Hurricanes won at least one national title for 12 consecutive seasons, naming at least two NCAA Champions in six seasons.
Miami swept the field at the 1997 Men's NCAA Championship, winning the 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform and in 1996 the Hurricanes placed first, second and third in both the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform. Ableman led the Hurricanes to another NCAA record in 1996 with the trio of Tyce Routson, Brian Gillooly and Chris Mantilla becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to sweep the 10-meter platform at the NCAA Championships.
Under Ableman's guidance, 24 Hurricanes have garnered All-America honors with at least one (1) UM diver earning All-America status every year since 1989. In 1995, the Hurricanes became the first school in NCAA history to have five divers - Jose Gil, Brian Ramos, Chris Mantilla, Brian Gillooly and Tyce Routson - earn All-America honors in the same year. Needless to say, national title holders Viola and Ross were added to the long list of All-Americans coached under Ableman in 2008. Hurricane divers have also excelled on the Olympic level during Ableman's tenure, with a total of 11 divers, representing seven different countries, competing at the Olympic Games since 1992, including U.S. Diving Team member and former Hurricane Kyle Prandi. In 2004, Ableman made his third trip to the Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic Diving Team coaching staff. He also served on the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams and in the summer of 2003, Ableman served as the U.S. Pan Am Games head coach. But, more recently, Ableman served as head coach of the diving team for the Republic of South Africa and coached two more Hurricanes in Summer Olympic Games. Current diver Jenna Dreyer (South Africa) made her second trip to the Olympic Games to represent her home country under the guidance of Ableman in 2008 in Beijing, China. Also participating for the Hurricanes as a member of a national team was Dreyer's teammate Reuben Ross--representing his home country of Canada. Dreyer was also a member of the South African national team in 2004 during the Olympic Game sin Athens, Greece.
Ableman came to Miami in 1989 after a five-year stint as the head diving coach at the University of South Carolina from 1985-1989 and a one-year stay as the head coach at Wright State in 1984. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ableman graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Education in 1983. A four-time All-American diver at Iowa, Ableman was the 1981 NCAA Champion in the 1-meter springboard and still to this day holds the Hawkeyes school record in the 3-meter springboard. Ableman was inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 1980, Ableman was named to the U.S. Olympic Diving Team, but was forced to miss the 1980-Moscow games due to an American boycott. From 1978-1984, he was a member of the U.S. National Team. He is married to the former Karen Gorham, who was the 1980 U.S. Indoor champion in the 1-meter springboard.
In her first season (2006-07), Shefchunas earned wins over Western Kentucky, Tampa and local opponent Florida International twice while the Hurricanes finished with just a 4-5 overall record. She would lead the squad to a seventh place finish at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, followed by a19th place finish at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Those numbers drastically changed in 2007-08 as the level of student-athlete increased, as well as the talent Shefchunas put so much effort into recruiting during the off-season. The Hurricanes finished 8-3 in dual meets. Though managing just a 10th place finish in the ACC Championships in 2008, Shefchunas knows she has a talent-loaded team that is expected to be even better in 2008-09.
Shefchunas came to UM as a well-respected coach. She arrived from Southern Methodist University where she served as an assistant coach for the Mustangs and lead recruiter. During her tenure at SMU, Shefchunas and the Mustangs swimming program finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championships on three occasions from 2003-05, as well as earning WAC Conference (2004-05) and Conference USA (2006) Championships. While there, she assisted in the coaching and development of 22 All-America performers, 33 conference champions and 26 NCAA qualifiers. In her role as lead recruiter for SMU, Shefchunas was instrumental in bringing in 11 student-athletes that earned All-America honors while 20 went on to win conference titles.
Prior to her stint at SMU, she was an assistant coach at Michigan State University in East Lansing. She served in that capacity from 2000-02 where she was in charge of the men's and women's sprint teams. Shefchunas also served as the Capital Area assistant coach in the summer of 2001 and '02. Prior to MSU, she directed the Chartiers Valley Swim Club in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania for nearly two years after serving for a short time as assistant swim coach at the club.
Christie Shefchunas is a 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While swimming for the Lady Vols program, Shefchunas was tabbed as a four-time All-American while also serving as a team captain during both her junior and senior seasons. Shefchunas and her teammates still hold numerous Top 10 relay times (200 free, 400 free) for the Lady Vols.
Hi, my name is Andrea Clarke, and I am happy to be serving my community in Miami-Dade County! I am a graduate from the University of
Miami and a former swimmer for the Hurricanes! I began my swimming career in Virginia at the age of 5. I have been around water all my
life, and have taught swim lessons and coached teams, but never have I been so passionate about teaching. ISR has opened my eyes to the
importance of survival swimming lessons, and I'm excited to be part of Hurricane Aquatics, where we are working towards the day that not one
more child drowns. I am so excited to have started my career in drowning prevention in the Miami area, and about the opportunity to
help educate the community about water safety and drowning prevention, which is especially important in Miami-Dade County.
I am currently accepting new students at the University of Miami pool. The pool is located on campus next to the University Center. Feel free to contact me for questions, concerns, and interest in lessons. Thanks so much and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your children!
I began teaching swim lessons at the local pool in my small Ohio hometown, where I swam competitively for 13 years. After graduating high school, I came to the University of Miami to study engineering and architecture. I've worked as Lifeguard, Instructor, and Coach in a variety of situations since then, approaching nearly a decade of teaching experience.
I've been known to teach groups of as many as 15 beginner swimmers by myself, which has made me appreciate the individual approach here at Hurricane Aquatics. Although I've also team-taught groups of various size, over the past few years I've mostly worked one-on-one with swimmers developing skills from blowing bubbles to advanced stroke technique.
I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to work alongside other highly talented instructors and share the pool with some of the country's best collegiate athletes! In addition, Hurricane Aquatics has become a priceless addition to my education and I look forward to work every day! I further enjoy the many opportunities to share with the wonderful local families of the surrounding Miami areas. I'll look forward to seeing you at the pool!