Wil Aybar, M.Ed. enters his 21st season as the head of CMD and College of the Holy Cross.
Already during this 23-24 season, A Holy Cross 1M male diving record was broken, 2 divers have been named Patriot league diver of the week. Also 4 divers qualified for NCAA D1 Zones for March 10-12, 2024 with their personal best scores of their diving resumes. :)
In 2023 a great year for CMD Alum Abby Bryant Holy Cross class of 2023 whom qualified for NCAA DI Zone A for the second year and finished with a strong effort. This competition was held at West Virginia University.
In 2022, Coached Abby Bryant (Alum of CMD) to NCAA DI ZONES A qualifying cut along with 2 other divers missing the cut by nairly 7 pts. Abby also finished top 15 in the patriot league conference for both 1M and 3M competition.
In 2019, Aybar coached College Diver Casey Sherman to another spectacular year as she continued her record-breaking streak of improving her old school records from 2015. She also qualified and competed in the DI NCAA Zone Championship for the 4th consecutive year.
In the 2015, Aybar coached College Diver Casey Sherman who broke diving records in the one meter (11 dives) with a score of 424.28 at the Worcester City Championship and in the three meter (six dives) verses Sacred Heart with a score of 292.35. Sherman competed in the NCAA Zone Diving Championship in both the one and three meter dives. Sherman finished 10th in the three meter dives at the Patriot League Championship.
In 2008, Aybar coached Adam DeVito to new school records on the three meter and one meter diving boards. Devito narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship and took fifth on the three meter board at the Patriot League Championship.
Aybar has had four student-athletes named Patriot League Diver of the Week and multiple divers earn Worcester City Championship Diver of the Meet honors.
A 1999 graduate of Clark University, Aybar was a four-year member of the swimming and diving team. He received the Most Improved Diver award in 1996 and holds the record for the one meter and three meter springboards. He also served as the head diving coach for Clark University and WPI from 2000 to 2003. He has been the head diving coach for the Nashawtuc Country Club team from the summer of 2000 to 2021.
Aybar is currently a Spanish teacher in the Worcester Public School System at Doherty Memorial High School with a Masters in Education (Leadership & Education Administration). He makes his home in Webster with his 2 kids (20 year old Willy and 6 year old Mia)
**Within the past 2 seasons I have had the pleasure to introduce Julia Habecker-Green to the sport of diving where she has met all expectations in the sport. She also coaches an area High School team for which all divers qualified for their districts championship in a matter of short time.. Not only did Julia gain role of Assistant coach but is also our strength and conditioning coach by trade. I am delighted that she has joined us as we continue to grow as a team. I have included her bio below.
Julia Habecker-Green earned a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University in 1989, double majoring in Biology and Education. She earned a Master's Degree in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan in 1991, specializing in Teratology. She worked as a Genetic Counselor at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1993 to 2003. Julia's daughters were born in 1991 and 1996, and her son in 2003; and she left Genetic Counseling in 2003 to homeschool her children. Since 2003, she has worked as a laboratory Genetic Counselor at Genzyme Genetics in Framingham, Massachusetts, as a Middle School Science teacher at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and as a substitute teacher in Fiskdale, Massachusetts. She also currently runs a crafting business through ETSY called Wayward Hen Designs; she specializes in photo quilts and pysanky.
Julia started coaching at age 11 -- her father was a Physical Education teacher and ran the town soccer league, so she got recruited early. She has coached soccer most years since then, in both town and competitive travel leagues. During her high school years, she competed in soccer, gymnastics, track, and softball, and worked summers coaching at an All Sports camp and refereeing soccer. While at Cornell, she continued to play and referee soccer, and she began coaching gymnastics for the Ithaca Gymnastics Club. She continued to play soccer until 2005, when aging joints became too much of a problem! Julia started coaching Men's Junior Olympic and Men's Elite gymnastics in 2009 at All American Gymnastics Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Her son, Jonah, had wanted to be a gymnast so badly, he had spent the summer working with the girls' team at All American, so Julia stepped up and started a boys' team. Julia continued to coach the boys' team at Giguere's Gymnastics in Worcester, Massachusetts from 2012 to 2016, and used educational opportunities provided by Giguere's to learn more about strength and mobility for esthetic sports.
In 2016, Julia's son was required to leave gymnastics due to a chronic wrist injury, so Julia had him try diving with coach Wil at CMD. By winter of that year, he wanted to compete in diving for his high school, but there was neither a team nor a coach. Coach Wil, kindly, helped Julia transition her gymnastics knowledge to a new sport for her -- diving. Julia has coached diving at Tantasqua Regional High School for 2 years now, with all of her divers qualifying to the local championship both years. She is also happy to help Coach Wil as his Central Mass team continues to grow and develop.
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