Coach - Men's Swimming & Diving
For over 38 years Mike Dickson has guided Chaffey College’s aquatics programs, coaching some top notch swimmers and water polo players. Dickson started at Chaffey College as the men’s and women’s swim coach along with the men’s water polo coach. During his nine seasons as Panther water polo, coach Dickson led them to a conference championship in 1980 along with entries into 2 Southern California Water Polo Championship tournaments.
Chaffey College has won swimming titles for men’s in 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2007 and 2012.. The women won conference championships in 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995.
"We need to have good high schools and a good, competitive facility," said Dickson about running a successful swimming program. "We need to be able to draw in the club swimmers."
Dickson has been blessed with more than his share of talented swimmers. In the past 38 years Panther swimmers have earned over 150 individual or relay All-American rankings.
When Dickson recruits swimmers he talks about the benefits of attending a community college. Another selling point is that Chaffey College as its own academic counselor for athletes and they receive priority registration for their first three semesters.
Born in Spokane, Washington, Dickson and his family moved to Montclair when he was seven. He graduated Montclair High in 1967 and competed primarily as a diver.
In 1968 and 1973 Dickson dove for the Panthers swim team under the direction of Chaffey College Hall of Fame coach Howard Theurer. During the intermittent years Dickson served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He came back to Cal Poly Pomona, where he dove in 1974. Dickson coached various levels of swimming and diving for Montclair High between 1967 and 1978.
In addition to coaching local swimmers up to Olympic Trials, Mike was also a coach for the Indonesian National Team for several years. He has had the opportunity to coach with other international level coaches and work with swimmers who were competing on the international level. Many of his swimmers competed in the Southeast Asian Games and Pan-Pacific Games.
Coach Dickson and his wife of 38 years Bonni, live in Rancho Cucamonga. They have two adult children who have given them several grandchildren to be with and spoil whenever possible.
In his spare time Dickson likes to collect dust jackets from the lat 1930s and early 1940s. He likes to travel as he’s hitch hiked across Europe and also thumbed his way from California to New York.
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Head Coach - Women's Swimming
Coach Spalding has been part of Chaffey College aquatics for the past 12 years. Coach Spalding has been the Head Coach for Women's Water Polo for the past 4 years and Head Coach of Swimming for the past 2 years. Coach was the assistant coach for Coach Dopf for a total of 10 years between water polo and swimming at Chaffey College. Coach Spalding has been coaching since 1999. She has coached at Arlington High School, Don Lugo High school, Notre Dame High School, Riverside Club and Foothill Water Polo Club. Coach Spalding played at both the community college level and Division 1 level.
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