Erika Matheis was introduced as Richmond's diving coach in January 2010 after serving in the same position at Radford in 2009.
This past season, Matheis guided freshman Katherine Cook to a bronze medal on the 1-meter board. Cook was the lone freshman to medal in the event. She also qualified for finals in 3-meter diving, finishing eighth to earn a total 27 points for the Spiders on both boards.
During Matheis' time with the program, the Spiders have also continued to excel in the classroom. The team's 3.38 cumulative GPA was the highest of any sport, male or female, on campus for the Spring 2012 Semester.
Matheis has seven years of experience as a club diving coach that includes tenures in her hometown of Webster, N.Y., as well as in Chapel Hill, N.C., and in Blacksburg, Va. She has coached Richmond's premier club team, Capitol Dive Club, for three years now and has sent multiple divers to Junior Nationals.
Matheis attended North Carolina, where she was a standout diver for the Tar Heels. After capturing a New York State championship during her prep career, she went on to earn continued success in Chapel Hill. In addition to qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving meet in each of her four collegiate seasons, Matheis would reach the finals at the ACC Championship in her final three seasons and compete at Senior Nationals in 2007. The four-year letterwinner was also a standout in the classroom, earning multiple mentions on the ACC All-Academic team.
Matheis graduated in 2008 with a degree in exercise and sports science. She is currently pursuing her Masters in biomedical engineering at VCU. Matheis resides in Richmond.