Up North: Father-Son Combo A Diving Duo for Duluth

Chelsie Brown
Updated: February 21, 2018 10:55 PM

Not every parent can coach their child, but for Leon and Miles Rohrbaugh; it works.

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It started out as something temporary.

"I was only going to hop in for a week, and this is my fifth year," said Leon Rohrbaugh the father of Miles.

When miles decided his eighth grade year he wanted to take up diving, dad's experience helped him step into a dual role of father and his diving coach.

"That's kind of the only sport he did in high school, but he never really forced it on me. I kind of chose it for myself," said Miles.

The two of them have continued push each other.

"There will be times when he's really pushing for me to do a new dive, and I really don't think i can do it," said Miles.

"When we are here working, it's definitely - I'm not dad, I'm coach. so we make sure we get our work done," added Leon.

Together they've made a splash across pools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Now a senior, Miles holds all the diving records for Duluth East, plus a few more.

"This season, I think we're up to six pool records so far. My career is about 12 I think," said Miles.

He's also been to the state meet the past three years. As a freshman, Miles was the first diver out of Duluth East in more than 30 years to qualify for state. As a sophomore, he qualified for semi-finals earning 18th place at the Class AA State Championships. Then as a junior, he earned a spot in finals finishing 13th overall. His dad says he would love to see Miles finish in the top eight this year, but looking back at his prep career, they never thought it would take-off like it has.

"No," Leon laughed. "No not at all. He was always a swimmer."

I really didn't, no," added Miles. I thought I would just kind of go through the motions, be kind of average.

His swimming career won't end at the prep level as Miles has signed to dive for the division one program at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. However, the duo only has a little over a week longer of spending time at the pool together as coach and son; something they've been doing for the past five years.

"I'll definitely miss doing this. I've been very lucky to hang out with my kid every day," said Leon.



Chelsie Brown

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