Competitive Diving Director
Joseph J. Somma is the head coach of the Whirlwind Diving team at the New Canaan YMCA. He founded team in 1997. Joe grew up diving at the Newfield Swim & Tennis Club, was a high school All-American stand-out at Stamford High School, and went on to Clemson University, where he lettered in diving for four years and was a four-time NCAA zone qualifier, an All-American candidate, an All Atlantic Coast Conference champion, and a team captain. Joe brings a wealth of experience to the team as he completes his 22nd year of coaching. Joe was awarded the Robert Moss Award in 2001, for his numerous contributions to diving. He is a lifetime member of USA Diving, and is the Junior Olympic representative for the state of Connecticut for this organization. During his time at the New Canaan Y, Joe has also coached many top divers including four JO champions and three Team USA representatives that competed at meets such as the British Elite Championships and the Canadian/American Challenge, and one member of the Junior Elite Program. His teams have included over 50 High School All Americans.
In addition to the Whirlwind team, Joe coaches the New Canaan High School team, the Wilton High School team, Convent of the Sacred Heart / Greenwich team, the New Canaan Field Club team, and the Newfield Swim & Tennis team. Joe’s enthusiasm coupled with his knowledge of the sport make him a dynamic and successful coach for divers of all levels.
Associate Diving Director
Adam Vance is currently the Associate Diving Director at the New Canaan YMCA. Adam grew up in Pennsylvania, where he was a Pennsylvania State Diving Champion, a high school All-American, and an eight time Junior National qualifier. He attended LaSalle University for two years, where he earned Atlantic 10 Athlete of the Year honors his freshmen year, and a four time NCAA zone qualifier.
Adam earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University, where he minored in sports nutrition and athletic coaching. He was a two time All-American in 2010. He also started coaching for the West Chester Diving Program as an Assistant in 2010, and became head coach in 2011. During his time with West Chester Diving, he coached numerous high school All-Americans, Junior and Age Group National qualifiers, and coached the team to a Regional Championship in 2013.
Allison is returning to the Whirlwind Diving program as a guest coach for the 2013-2014 season. Allison joined the Whirlwind staff following a successful college career diving at the University of Connecticut, where she was the Big East Champion in 2006. Allison is a former Whirlwind Diver, and competed at JO championships including Speedo’s and East Nationals. Allison is also a coach in the summer Fairfield County Swim League and is the league’s diving representative.