Fran Jobes returns to the staff for her fourth season as diving coach for the 2017-18 season.
In her first season, Coach Jobes’s divers re-wrote the CMS record book. James Stevick set SCIAC records on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, also earning All-American status. Maia Presti broke the SCIAC record in 1-meter diving and Carli Lessard set the CMS record while winning the conference championship in 3-meter diving. Seven CMS divers earned spots at the NCAA Zone 2 qualifying meet with two, Stevick and Presti, scoring at NCAAs.
During the 2015-16 season, Carli Lessard broke her own CMS 3-meter diving record and Patrick Quarberg earned SCIAC championships on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
In the 16-17 campaign, Athena divers took 5 of the top 8 spots on 1-m and 5 of the top 10 on 3-m at SCIACs. Maia Presti earned the SCIAC title on 1-m and Carli Lessard was All-SCIAC on 3-m. All five Athenas advanced to Zones, with Presti earning honorable mention All-American honors. Kendall Hollimon continued CMS’s run of men’s conference championships, winning both boards at the SCIAC meet. After winning each event at Zones, Hollimon finished 4th on the 3-meter board at the 2017 NCAA championships.
Jobes has coached diving for over 15 years. Her coaching career began at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center while she was still an age group diver. There she taught at the Novice, JO and Masters levels for several years. Jobes continued coaching throughout college and beyond with roles at the Notre Dame diving club, the University of La Verne and clubs in both Washington State and Virginia. Most recently, Jobes developed two high school dive programs and birthed multiple CIF Southern Section qualifiers and finalists every season of the last five years. Her high school divers have been widely recruited by college programs across the nation. Jobes puts a strong emphasis on mastering the fundamentals of diving, allowing for a solid foundation and smooth progression to the bigger, more difficult dives.
Jobes’ own diving career began in 1993 when she joined the Junior Olympic dive team at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. She dove at the JO national level on both platform and springboard and was a four time JO National Competitor. She competed at the Senior level for several years and went on to dive at the NCAA Division I level for the University of Notre Dame.
Fran, her husband, Devon, and daughter, Charlotte, reside in Sierra Madre.