Coaches

Kyle Bogner - Owner and Head Coach

Before moving back to Laramie, Bogner spent two years at New Mexico State University. With his guidance, the Aggies had three divers make a zone regional for the first time in the program’s history as Jaymee Porter, Audrey Ruiz and Lauren Reifel all participated in the 2014 NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals in Colorado Springs, Colo. Porter finished second in the platform event during the conference championships after breaking the NM State record with a total score of 233.75.  Reifel finished in the top 6 in all three diving events at the WAC Championships after finishing sixth in 1-meter, fifth in the platform and fifth in the 3-meter.
Bogner has a Graduate Certificate in Performance Improvement from Northern Michigan University, and a Master of Administration from Cal State, Bakersfield. He was a part of the coaching staff at the Mile High Dive Club (MHDC) in Denver, one of the premier diving clubs in the western United States, since 2005. During his employment at MHDC, the club has produced nine Regional Champions, 46 Zone Qualifiers and 15 West National Top 12 performances. Beginning in September of 2012, Bogner was named program manager for the Transition to Diving Program (T2D) at MHDC. As T2D program manager, Bogner produced seven National qualifiers, three top 12 performances at Nationals, eight Junior Zone qualifiers and one Region champion.  

Bogner attended the University of Wyoming (2011) where he made an immediate impact, winning the Mountain West Conference (MWC) 1-meter championship as a freshman. For his accomplishments, Bogner was named University of Wyoming Diver of the Year. He would also be named Mountain West Diver of the Week a total of five times throughout his time at Wyoming.  In his senior year, he became the MWC record holder for the 1-meter (403.20).

 

Ben Herdt - Senior Coach

Formerly a diving coach at the University of Wyoming has also coached at the University of California, Berkley, and at Diving South Australia, in Adelaide, Australia. Herdt has coached numerous NCAA Zone qualifiers, NCAA Championship qualifiers and Mountain West Conference champions. He also served as a Finland national team assistant coach, at the 2007 FINA USA Diving Grand Prix.

Coach Ben is the current Laramie High School diving coach and has worked at various collegiate diving camps, including the Texas Longhorns Camp, as well as, coaching the Minnesota Diving Club and the Twin City Diving Club in Minneapolis, Minn., from 2000 to 2004.

A native of East Lansing, Mich. and 2004 graduate of Minnesota, Herdt served as co-captain of the Golden Gophers as a senior during the 2003-04 season. He earned academic All-Big Ten accolades in his last two years at Minnesota.

 

Trent Weitzel - Founder and Senior Coach

Coach Weitzel founded the diving club in Laramie in 2004 formerly known as 307 Diving. Around the same time, he started coaching the Laramie High School diving team. He was named State Assistant Coach of the Year seven times, including the 2015 Lady Plainsmen season when he was also nominated by Green River coach Colleen Seiloff for the Sportsmanship Award. He also won the Sportsmanship Award as an athlete when he won state as a LHS junior in 2001.

Coach Trent has produced state champions including brother Brock Weitzel in 2004; Kevin Shumway (2006); Garrett Kirk (2012); Jake Rehmeier (2013); Morgan Hobbs (2004); Kari Campbell (2009-10); Emily Williams (2011); and Ryleigh Kobbe (2012-13, 2015).

Weitzel was the Wyoming State diving champion in 2001 and was the runner-up in 2002. He is the current Laramie High School record holder for the one-meter in both six and eleven diving events. Weitzel was named both All-State and All-Conference for three years. He was also a Junior National Qualifier in his last season. Weitzel recently stepped down as the Laramie Plainsmen diving coach to pursue a career in the food industry making hot wings. You can try his delicious wings from his his food truck, called Double Dubs, which travels the streets of Laramie for lunch and dinner.