Since its inception, Moss Farms Diving instruction has been led by some of the finest coaches from around the nation, including Wenbo Chen, Jay Lerew, Ron Piemonte and the legendary Moose Moss. We continue to employ the very best coaches to develop our young champions.
Chris Heaton, Head Coach
Chris is an Ohio native and a 2009 graduate from Miami University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology & Health Studies. With his Exercise Science degree and coaching minor he has been equipped with a thorough knowledge of diving biomechanics, sports psychology, athlete nutrition, sport-specific strength training and conditioning, athlete development, training methodologies, coach and athlete interaction, as well as program development.
After graduating college, Chris became a member of the National Team and trained at the National Training Center in Indianapolis, IN for two years leading up until the 2012 Olympic Trials. While training under John Wingfield, Chris had the opportunity to train with Olympic teammates daily and work with over a dozen visiting Olympic and international coaches. As an athlete, Chris helped IU Diving win the 2013 AT&T USA Diving Senior National Title. Chris was an Olympic Trials finalist, an international competitor for USA, a National Team member, and has had several top 10 performances at senior nationals from 2010-2013, including a bronze medal. While at Miami, Chris was named the 2009 Male Athlete Of The Year for all sports, was the first and only undefeated conference champion on 1m and 3m from 2006-2009, and a 4-time MAC Diver Of The Year. Chris set over 16 varsity, conference, and pool records while diving at Miami and was named the Miami diving captain as a senior.
Chris began his coaching career at Indiana University as a volunteer assistant coach under 3-time Olympic coach Dr. Jeff Huber and 2008 Olympic Head Coach John Wingfield. He helped coach a World Championship team member, three D-1 NCAA bronze medalists, and three Big Ten Conference Champions and record holders. While at Indiana University, Chris also served as the head club coach and Region 4 Championship meet director. After his stint at IU, Chris formed his own club team on the south side of Indianapolis and helped coach at Ripfest Diving Camp. While coaching in Indianapolis and at Ripfest, he helped coach a Junior World Champion and several Junior and Senior National Champions before being recruited as an Assistant Coach to the Ohio State Diving Club. There, he coached his first J.O. national champion in Girl’s 16-18 1m. Five of Chris’ former athletes have been recruited to D-1 schools and currently dive in the MAC, Big Ten, and SEC conferences.
In September of 2012, Chris married his beautiful wife Lindsay, and in December of 2014 they had their daughter Hannah. He and his family are coming to Moultrie from the Ohio State Diving Club at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Chris is very eager to bring his experience, knowledge, and passion to Moss Farms Diving and to be a part of such a historic and esteemed club. Chris is looking forward to being a part of the vision at Moss Farms and to continue the success of the club at the national and international level.
John Fox, Assistant Coach
Office: 229.890.5478 | Cell: 303.917.6497
Diving became a guiding force in Coach Fox’s life beginning at the age of six years old. Early on, it was a a summer activity and a source of camaraderie. Over time, it developed into a passion that brought into focus the value of discipline, perseverance and sportsmanship.
With a goal to dive at a competitive collegiate level, Coach Fox successfully competed at the junior and senior level of USA diving and was the Colorado State Champion before signing to dive at the University of Kentucky.
While at Kentucky, Coach Fox finished top 8 in a handful of SEC conference finals, competed in NCAA championships and qualified for the USA Olympic trials in 2016.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Coach Fox has gone on to receive a Masters in Sports business management and a Masters in Business administration from the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Business Management program. He is excited to bring the knowledge and love for the sport he has grown throughout his career to foster the growth of this historic and accomplished club at Moss Farms Diving.