CSRA Diving

... Turning Sport into Art.


Jose A. Mendez - Coach Joey

Jose A.“Joey” Mendez, has always had a passion and love for the water. Growing up on the Island of Puerto Rico, he was fascinated by amateur cliff diving and after jumping off his first ledge, he knew the sport of diving was for him. Upon graduating high school, he attended Cleveland State University (CSU) in 1993, and joined the Cleveland State Diving Team in 1994  where he competed NCAA Division I, and qualified twice for division I championships.  Coach Joey stayed with the CSU Vikings until 1997 when he joined the US Air Force. There he continued to hone his skills and learn about the sport, while coaching military members interested in the sport. Coach Joey is a graduate US Air Force Community College where he earned  an Associates of Criminal Justice and and an Associates in Intelligence Studies and Technologies.  He is also a Graduate  of American Military University where  he earned a Bachelor and a Masters in Intelligence Studies with specializations in Intelligence Collection Management and Criminal Intelligence.

Coach Joey relocated to Georgia on April of 2015 and in May 2015, became an assistant coach at the Augusta Dive Club. There he coached Greenbrier Senior CJ Simmons and Evans Freshman Kaylee West to winning Columbia County championships and qualifying to compete at Georgia State Swimming and Diving Championships. In February of 2016, he became Head Coach of the Augusta Dive Club upon Coach Tingen's retirement, and renamed the club CSRA Diving as part of the club restructuring process under USA Diving.  On 2017, he coached Evans H.S. Diving Team to a solid 1st season, with two of his divers earning Gold and Bronze medals during the Colombia County High School Diving Championships girls 1 meter competition, and qualifying one diver to state. Additionally, he coached CSRA Diving Club member Taylor Yarbro to a solid silver medal performance during the Columbia County Championships. During this same season, Coach Joey help guide CSRA Diving Divers Abby Bently and, first time diver, Elias Sale to winning the Richmond County High School Diving Championships in girls and boys 1 meter diving.

Coach Joey is married and the father of CSRA Divers Romaneya  and Cillian.  When he is not coaching, Coach Joey can not be found, as he likes to spend his of time devoted to his wife and children.


USA Diving- Full Coach #68461

Amateur Athletic Union #3CC85AN7

GHSA Certified Coach

AAU Double Goal Coach Level 1-3

Red Cross Lifeguard

BLS certified in First Aid, CPR, AED


NFHS and CDC Concussion training