Annual Peggy Auer Award

​With great sadness, we said goodbye to Coach Peggy.  After a nearly 5 year battle with cancer, Peggy passed away peacefully at home on August 12th.  She was a solid figure in and around Columbus area diving. Coaching alongside her daughter, Jill, for the past 17 year for the Gahanna Sea Lions and Gahanna High School, as well as time spent as a referee and serving with the GCSL.  She was an amazing encourager, mentor and friend to so many and will be missed. 

​CODA will continue to take donations in honor of Peggy with the intent to use these funds for either an award to an athlete, provide a means to host a Memorial meet, or another tribute to her memory.  Donations can be made through the link on this page. 

Annually, we will take nominations for this award which will be given at Grand Champs.  Please nominate a diver on your team who you would describe as: inclusive, constantly smiling, always kind, selfless, encouraging of others and supportive of the sport of diving.  Send in a nomination and we will buy your lunch at Grand Champs! 

Thank you and Godspeed, Peggy.

2018: Congratulations to Lina Alli as the first recipient of the Peggy Award.  Her constant smile, love of others and dedication to her team are some of the qualities which stood out about Lina.  Not to mention, Coach Peggy adored her.  Congratulations Lina!

If you have any questions about diving, input towards donations or would like to know how to be more involved in diving in the area, please let us know.

Thank you in advance,

Central Ohio Coaches and the CODA Board

2022: Zander Murnieks was selected as this years Peggy Award.  Zander has been diving since the age of 7 at the Westerville JC Pool.  He dives for Big Walnut High School and made the OHSAA State team for dive in 2022.  His passion for the sport has grown over the years and his commitment to improving is very evident.  Congratulations Zander!

Peggy Award Recipients


2019: Hayden Apel was nominated by many coaches and athletes.  He presents himself with professionalism and has great enthusiasm for diving.  He was been around the pool for a lot of years- better known as "Shorty" by coach Jen, although he is now taller than her.  He is a Hilliard Marlin diver and now helps his dad, Thad, coach! Congratulations Hayden- well deserved.

2021: Ashleigh Provan was nominated by fellow coaches and peers for the Peggy Award.  Ashleigh graduated from Gahanna Lincoln HS.  She was a diver with both her school and summer team- Gahanna Sea Lions. Ashleighs love of the sport and willingness to help make her our pick this year!