David Boyko is the program director of Southwest Florida Diving. He is also the head diving coach at Florida Gulf Coast University.  

During his tenure with the Eagles Boyko has been named CCSA Diving Coach of the Year four times (2013, 2016, 2019, 2020). Additionally, he has coached divers to school records off the 1-meter spring board (Melissa Novak, 2018), 3-meter spring board (Melissa Novak, 2018) and platform (Megan Wakefield, 2018). Every top-10 mark in the FGCU record book has been turned in under Boyko's guidance as the Eagles have produced new records every campaign since his arrival in 2012.

The Eagles turned in arguably one of the best seasons under Boyko in 2017-18. Including the aforementioned diving records, FGCU turned in a pair of second-place finishes at the CCSA Championships in the 1-meter (Novak) and 3-meter (Novak) dives. Two members of the Green and Blue in Wakefield and Margot Kessler also went on to finish first and third, respectively, at the conference's tower platform exhibition events.   

Boyko has been a part of five CCSA Championship teams and mentored a plethora of divers in Maegan Butler, Mikaila Buening, Ashley Wright, Novak and Wakefield to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.

In 2013, Butler became the CCSA Champion in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events under Boyko, setting the CCSA Championship record in the latter event. Four years later, Wright accomplished the same feat with a pair of personal best dives at the 2017 CCSA Championships. Additionally, Collins and Buening have finished runner-up in both spring board events during the 2015 and 2016 conference championships, respectively.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Boyko was the diving coach at Hickman and Rockbridge High School from 2009-2011 where hr helped produce a three-time Missouri state champion and was a diving coach for the University of Missouri Diving Club from 2008-11. While at the Missouri Diving Club, David helped in the development of the five-time Junior National Champion and three-time Pan American Champion. He also helped out as a diving coach at Chesterfield Aquatic Center for children ages 5-18 and two of the divers he mentored went on to dive at NCAA Division I programs.

Before transitioning into coaching, Boyko was standout diver at the University of Missouri where he was a four-year letter winner. A finalist in the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships all four years at Missouri, he qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships in 2007. In the Missouri all-time record books, Boyko is ranked fifth in the 1-meter (11 dives) diving event for the Tigers.

Boyko earned a Master's degree in Health Education and Health Promotion from Missouri in 2011 as well as a degree in Nutrition and Fitness in 2008.


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Jeff Gersonde 

Jeff has over 30 years’ experience coaching diving in Collier County and over 20 as Barron Collier’s diving
coach. As a life-long “student of the game”, he has attended camps, workshops, competitions and
trainings run and attended by many of the top names in diving as well as gymnastics, and trampoline
and tumbling. Through this wealth of experience, as well as countless hours of video analysis of elite
athletes, Jeff has developed his own philosophy of biomechanics focused on controlling the waves of
power flowing through the body during the performance of a dive. He has the ability to expand and
deepen your understanding of the sport as few other coaches will.
“You helped me more than (my high school coach).” – Florida high school state champion
“(My coach) doesn’t tell me these things.” - World Masters champion
“I’m so grateful for the mechanics you taught me when I hear what some of these other coaches are
telling their divers.” - NCAA coach