Competitive Diving Director
Joseph J. Somma is the head coach of the Whirlwind Diving team at the New Canaan YMCA, which he founded 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, Ridgefield High School, 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 in his eighth season as the Associate Director of Diving with Whirlwind Diving at the New Canaan YMCA. He is from Pennsylvania, where he began diving at 10-years-old in the Philadelphia area. While diving with LaSalle Diving Club, he was an eight time junior national qualifier and finalist, Pennsylvania State High School Champion and named to the All-American team. After high school, he competed for LaSalle University and earned Atlantic 10 Athlete of the Year. After LaSalle, he continued his collegiate diving career, with Dr. Ronn Jenkins, at West Chester University. Adam went on to become a Division II All-American diver, and national medalist.
He has coached all levels of diving, and understands what it takes to become a successful junior diver from his own experience as a diver and coach. Through his fundamentals first philosophy, Adam strives for each diver to be challenged by continuing to learn through a positive and safe path. In addition to the physical training, he hopes all of the athletes leave the program with better life skills such as time management, communication, resilience, and philanthropy.
Adam has also coached at Darien High School, where he has had five state champions. During his tenure at Darien, five different divers achieved All-American status. In addition, he is the Head Diving Coach at Sacred Heart University, and is currently coaching in the Fairfield County Swimming and Diving League in the summers.
Assistant Diving Coach
Jeanine began her diving coaching career in 1984, coaching summers in the Westchester County Swim Conference at the Windmill Club in Armonk, and later coaching for several summers in the Northern Westchester Swimming Conference at Briarcliff. Jeanine was a high school and age group diver and went on to dive at Division 1 Fordham University. After graduating college in 1987, Jeanine stayed on at Fordham, assisting her coach Bill Zipf at the Rose Hill Diving age group club until 1992. After a hiatus from coaching, Jeanine returned to the pool deck in 2005, coaching summers in the Fairfield County Swim League at The Patterson Club in Fairfield, coaching the Weston High School Girls’ and Boys’ Diving Teams and coaching the Fairfield Prep diving team. In 2005, she also joined the coaching staff at Next Generation Diving team, which trained at Yale University’s Kiphuth Pool. In 2010, Jeanine took over the ownership and management of Next Generation Diving, which was then renamed Dive Haven. Jeanine left Dive Haven to join the coaching staff of Whirlwind Diving in 2017. In addition to her work with us, Jeanine is a certified yoga instructor and works full time as an equity research compliance officer. Jeanine lives in Bridgeport with her husband, 2 dogs and way too many chickens.