Gilles Emptoz-Lacôte heads up the Toronto Diving Academy’s national program at the PanAm Sports Centre. He was an elite diver with AS Monaco and a premier coach in France, where he was director of the Fédération nationale de plongeon (2012-2015) and prior to that, head coach of the French national team. In that role, he coached France’s divers at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.
Under his tutelage, Mathieu Rosset was crowned European champion in the 3m in 2012 and won the 2013 Diving World Series.
As an athlete, Emptoz-Lacôte participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics where he finished 6th in the 3m synchro and 8th in the 10m synchro. He also won bronze in the 10m synchro at the 1997 European Championships in Seville, Spain.
He began diving in Monaco in 1986. He spent 9 years at AS Monaco to eventually move to Paris and train at the Institut national du sport, de l’expertise et de la performance (INSEP) until 2001. During that time, he spent four years at university and became a certified coach. He joined the INSEP’s coaching staff as assistant coach in 2002 and was eventually named head of the diving program in 20017. He moved to Canada in 2015 to pursue his career as head coach at Toronto’s National High Performance Center.