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South Carolina Divers

... Turning Sport into Art.


Jose A. Mendez

An new Addition to the South Carolina Diver coaching staff.  Jose A.“Joey” Mendez, has always had a passion and love for the water. Growing up on the Island of Puerto Rico, he was fascinated by amateur cliff diving and after jumping off his first ledge, he knew the sport of diving was for him. Upon graduating high school, he attended Cleveland State University (CSU) in 1993 and joined the Cleveland State Diving Team in 1994 where he competed NCAA Division I and qualified twice for Division I championships. Coach Joey stayed with the CSU Vikings until 1997 when he joined the US Air Force. There he continued to hone his skills and learn about the sport, while coaching military members interested in the sport. Coach Joey is a graduate US Air Force Community College where he earned an Associates of Criminal Justice and an Associates in Intelligence Studies and Technologies. He is also a Graduate of American Military University where he earned a Bachelor and a Masters in Intelligence Studies with specializations in Intelligence Collection Management and Criminal Intelligence. Joey is also a Doctoral Candidate in Business Administration Entrepreneurship and Business Management at Californian Intercontinental University.

Now living in Georgia, Coach Joey was an assistant coach at the Augusta Dive Club. There he coached Greenbrier Senior CJ Simmons and Evans Freshman Kaylee West to winning Columbia County championships and qualifying to compete at Georgia State Swimming and Diving Championships. In February of 2016, he became Head Coach of the Augusta Dive Club and renamed the now defunct club to CSRA Diving as part of the club restructuring process under USA Diving. On 2017, he coached Evans H.S. Diving Team to a solid 1st season, with two of his divers earning Gold and Bronze medals during the Colombia County High School Diving Championships girls 1-meter competition and qualifying one diver to state. Additionally, he coached CSRA Diving Club member Taylor Yarbro to a solid silver medal performance during the Columbia County Championships. During this same season, Coach Joey help guide CSRA Diving Divers Abby Bently and, first-time diver, Elias Sale to winning the Richmond County High School Diving Championships in girls and boys 1-meter diving, With Elias also qualifying for state. During the 2017 – 2018 Highschool season he once again led divers Vienna Elmgreen to Columbia County Championships title, and diver Mackenzie Horn to a solid second place finish. He also helped divers Mackenzie Horn and Elias Sale to qualify for state.

)n August of 2018, Coach Joey was asked by Todd Sherrit is he would be interested in joining the staff at South Carolina Divers , and with CSRA Diving closing its doors, Joey jumped at the opportunity to  coach and learn under the tutelage of Coach Sherritt. Coach Joey is married and the father of South Carolina Divers Romaneya and Cillian. When he is not coaching, Coach Joey cannot be found, as he likes to spend his off time devoted to his wife and children.


USA Diving- Full Coach 

Amateur Athletic Union 

GHSA Certified Coach

AAU Double Goal Coach Level 1-3

Red Cross Lifeguard

BLS certified in First Aid, CPR, AED


NFHS and CDC Concussion training