Dragon Swimming and Diving Camps
Former Dragon swimmer Katie Diiro is in her fourth year as a member of the Minnesota State University Moorhead swimming and diving coach staff in 2013-14.
Diiro is the Dragons' lead recruiter and helps coach both the IM and sprint groups. She is also the Dragon Swim School Co-Assistant Director.
Diiro was a member of the MSUM swimming and diving team from 2003-05 and 2006-07. She returned to the Dragon program in 2010 as an assistant coach.
While studying at MSU Moorhead, Diiro received numerous awards including the Dragon Spirit Award twice for the Swimming and Diving team. She is a former school, pool and alumni meet record holder in the 50 freestyle (2005) and former school and pool record holder in the 200 medley, 400 freestyle 200 freestyle and 800 freestyle relays. She also was a multiple-time Female Dragon Athlete of the Week.
Diiro graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007 from MSUM with a B.A. in Film Studies. In her senior year, Diiro was awarded the sole Academic Achievement Award given to one senior in high academic standing from the Film Studies Department.
Diiro has also displayed her talents as an independent filmmaker, producing over 50 projects, beginning during her time as a student at MSUM. She is currently working on a documentary from her time spent at a clinic in Tanzania, Africa in the summer of 2011.
Prior to arriving at MSUM, Diiro starred at Brainerd High School, where she was the captain of the swimming, hockey and golf teams. She was named the Brainerd Senior High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2002-03 and set multiple school and section records during her career. She was a three-time state meet participant as well.
After finishing college Diiro gained experience in leadership as a Motivational Speaker and Video Technician with Camfel Productions in Los Angeles, Calif. From there Diiro spent two years as assistant coach for the girls’ swim team at Brainerd High School while working at the YMCA as a swim lesson instructor and lifeguard.
Diiro also worked at Lord of Life Lutheran church as a Director of Youth Ministries. Additionally, Diiro’s work at Luther Crest Bible Camp as a counselor for five summers has led her to pursue a graduate degree from MSU Moorhead in School Counseling.
John Schmidt is in his first season as the diving coach for Minnesota State University Moorhead. Schmidt, a native of Stillwater, Minn., was named to the post in June 2013.
Schmidt will also serve as Dragon Swim School Co-Supervisor.
Schmidt comes to MSUM with impressive credentials. He has been the diving coach at Concordia-Moorhead for two seasons while also serving as the Diving Coach for the Marlins USS Swim Club starting in Oct. 2009. He also was the high school diving coach for Moorhead High School starting in Sept. 2009.
Schmidt graduated from Stillwater High School, where he was a two-time Minnesota Class AA state champion. He was a three-time all-state selection.
He then went on to compete at the University of Minnesota, where he was a traveling athlete for four years. He also was a team co-captain and placed fourth in the one-meter diving at the Big Ten meet in 2005. Schmidt was also a zone qualifier for four years.
Schmidt is a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in environmental design and minors in architecture and landscape architecture.
Student Assistant Coach
Gregg Stein is in his second season as a student assistant for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's swimming and diving program. Stein leads dryland practices, helps coach all groups in the water and assists with travel arrangements and team fundraising.
Stein is currently in his senior year at MSU Moorhead working on his degree In Elementary Inclusive Education with a Special Education Licensure.
He was a two-time state participant in swimming while going to high school in Sauk Centre, Minn. Stein also is on the the bus core for the organization known as STLF (Students Today Leaders Forever )where he is currently planning a trip to take 40 college students on a trip over spring break where they stop in different cities throughout the united states offering their free labor on different service projects and meeting with other colleges in a final destination city, last year they went to San Antonio, Texas.
Stein has been lifeguard aid and a licensed water safety instructor for more than six years.